WASHINGTON, D.C. — Demand is high and supply is limited when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine in the U.S.
Some states are having an easier time than others getting the vaccine into the arms of Americans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania is among 16 states that have used less than half of the doses shipped to them.
By comparison, the CDC stated West Virginia has distributed 77% of the doses it has received — the highest rate of any state.
“There were so many other places in West Virginia providing, we could choose,” said resident Noreen Starkey.
In some states, small-town pharmacies are the ones giving out the vaccine, not government-run health departments.
“I’ve driven to a patient’s home because it was going to go to waste. She was 99 years old. Her daughter said she was ready to go, so I hopped in my truck, drove across town and gave it to her in her house,” said Heidi Romero, a pharmacy worker.
President Joe Biden administration said starting next week, states will see an increase in vaccine deliveries by about 16%.
“That means we’ll send vaccines to churches and mobile clinics and may take a couple days longer to get into people’s arms, but it will also mean people of color and people in rural communities will have access too,” said Andy Slavitt, senior White House adviser for coronavirus response.
In an effort to speed the distribution process, Biden is deploying the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard to help administer the vaccines.