How many Americans are actually Boosted?
Hint: it’s fewer than you think
With a little extra math, this means only 29% of ALL Americans received their booster.
This graphic from NPR, updated yesterday, also demonstrates the shocking data: only a few states are shaded dark purple, meaning only a few states have >50%, of the fully vaccinated, boosted.
Additionally, the boosted elderly make up 34% of all the boosted. This means only 19% of people younger than 65 received a booster.
Now, who makes up this 19%… who was required to be boosted?
Millions of students from 350 colleges
The long-term care and state hospital employees in Connecticut
Imagine if all these states, companies and colleges didn’t require a booster. How many fewer Americans would be boosted? How many people only got the booster out of obligation?
The low number that wanted the booster, and the large number that nobly refused, is why so many booster requirements had to be canceled:
San Jose delayed their booster mandate after city employees failed to comply
Yet, they’re not giving up: Last week, the Biden Administration announced another $10 Billion program to expand access and build confidence in vaccines, including $6 Billion to expand vaccine access in underserved communities and $3 Billion to strengthen vaccine confidence.
The good news: People are waking up. They didn’t just blindly follow the CDC’s advice of receiving a booster. And if people don’t have a third shot, they can’t require a fourth.
My math, open to correction:
65.6% of Americans are fully vaccinated (CDC data, under Fully Vaccinated)
44.9% of the fully vaccinated received a booster dose (CDC data, under Booster Doses)
29% of all Americans received their booster (65.6% of Americans fully vaccinated * 44.9% fully vaccinated who received a booster dose)
Boosted Elderly make up 10% of Americans (34% of the boosted are elderly * 29% of Americans boosted)
19% of people younger than 65 received a booster (29% of Americans are boosted - 10% of boosted elderly)