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Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4 percent of the total adult population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.
The U.S. cleared the 50 percent mark just a day after the reported global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million. However, the actual number is believed to be significantly higher.
The states with the highest vaccination rates have a history of voting Democratic and supporting President Joe Biden in the 2020 election: New Hampshire at the top, with 71.1 percent, followed by New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. The demand has not been the same in many areas of Tennessee, particularly rural ones.
Vaccination rates do not always align with how states vote. But polling from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has shown trends that link political leanings and attitudes about vaccines and other pandemic-related issues. Overall, though, the willingness to get vaccinated has risen, polling shows.
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