5 states pose a barrier to Biden's vaccine goals because they've so far vaccinated less than half of their population

President Joe Biden wants 70% of Americans to be at least partially vaccinated by July 4th. Drew Angerer / Getty Images, Jackyenjoyphotography / Getty Images
Five states have not given half of their population at least one COVID-19 vaccine, according to CDC data.
This presents a challenge to President Joe Biden, who wants 70% of Americans to be partially vaccinated by July 4th.
Currently, more than 64% of Americans have received at least one dose, and about 43% are fully vaccinated.
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Five states - Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wyoming - have not yet delivered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to half of their residents, according to CDC data, putting the Biden government at a roadblock.
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As The Associated Press first reported on Saturday, the worst vaccination rate in the country is in Mississippi, where only about 36% of the state's population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Center Daily Times reported Saturday that Mississippi officials have rejected more than 870,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government in recent months due to declining demand from citizens. Unwanted doses have flowed into other states and into a national pool, according to the report.
As The Hill noted, the hesitant vaccination is an obstacle to President Joe Biden's goal of at least partially vaccinating 70% of Americans by Independence Day, which is only about three weeks away. The White House announced the target in early May when it announced further federal funding to ramp up vaccinations.
According to data from the CDC, vaccine administration in the US peaked in April and has steadily declined since then.
About 36% of the Alabama population have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Dr. Karen Landers, assistant health officer for Alabama, told the Associated Press the state will not meet the president's goal but said "that doesn't stop us from encouraging people to get the vaccine."
Just over 40% of the people in Tennessee are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state reports.
According to the CDC, 52% of all people in the US have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Just under 43% of Americans are fully vaccinated against the disease.
States in the United States have introduced vaccination lotteries, gun gifts, free beer, and other incentives to encourage their residents to vaccinate.
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