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Nearly 30% Of Arizonans Have Been Vaccinated

More than 2 million Arizonans  have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday. That's nearly 30% of the state's population. The vaccines aren’t approved for children yet, so when you count only Arizona’s adults, the rate jumps to 37%.

Compared to the U.S. as a whole, that's about average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  rank Arizona 28th among states by adult vaccination rate as of Tuesday. Our neighbors in New Mexico hold the top spot — nearly half of adults there have had a shot.  Health experts say at least 70% to 80% of the population will need to be fully vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. 

In Arizona and nationwide, women are getting vaccines in higher numbers than men. About 56% of vaccines nationwide have gone to women. 

About  18% of the U.S. population is Latino, but less than 10% of shots  have gone to Latinos so far, according to the CDC. That gap is even wider in Arizona, where Latinos are  more than 30% of the population but only 10% of those who have been vaccinated in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent reporting on a variety of issues, including public health and climate change.