Some Americans could be waiting all year to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite promises from President Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, Biden announced that he was speeding up the deadline for states to open eligibility to all adults from May 1 to April 19.
With 112 million people already having received at least one dose and an average of three million shots being administered every day, every U.S. adult could be be vaccinated by mid-July.
The commander-in-chief has also promised to have enough doses to vaccinate all adults by May.
But a combination of a slow rollout and vaccine hesitancy means residents in several states, mainly in the South and Midwest, may not be vaccined until late fall 2021.
Georgia is moving the slowest of the states with about 300 per 100,000 every day fully immunized, meaning all willing adults will be immunized by November
Alabama has a similar vaccination rate to Georgia, but fewer residents, so the state should expect all willing adults to be fully vaccinated by October
A DailyMail.com analysis of federal data shows shows that Georgia and Alabama are the states vaccinating at the slowest pace.
Only 15.4 percent of residents in Georgia are fully vaccinated as are 15.6 percent of residents in Alabama.
What’s more, according to a recent survey conducted by the US Census Bureau, 1.4 million Alabamans and 3.2 million Georgians are not planning to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
This means only 71 percent of Alabaman eligible adults and 70 percent of eligible adults in Georgia ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ plan to be vaccinated.
With 300 adults per 100,000 being fully immunized, according to CNN, Alabama will not be vaccinated until October not until November in Georgia.
Another state where residents may be waiting a while is Mississippi.
Currently, just 17.8 percent of the population has been vaccinated – but 37.9 percent of the state has no plans to be inoculated.
With about 15,000 people being vaccinated every day, the state will complete immunizations by late August or early September,
On Tuesday, Gov Tate Reeves held a news conference with a panel of medical experts to tackle misinformation surrounding the vaccines
‘I had about 18 hours of turbulence,’ Reeves said about his symptoms after his final injection.
Mississippi will have adults vaccinated by September as 15,000 adults are filly immunized every day
In Missouri, only 18.6% are fully immunized with about 25,000 people each day doing so, meaning it take the state until about November to reach all residents
‘But I was able to continue and move on and work, and I feel much better waking up every day knowing that I have been vaccinated.’
Yet another state where vaccinations are moving slowly is Iowa.
In the state, about 675,000 adults – one out of every five eligible residents – has been vaccinated.
But 34 percent of the population say they have no plans to be vaccinated, meaning only 1.58 million of the 2.41 million adults of the state will receive shots.
What’s more, the state is only vaccinating about 9,000 people every day. This means it will take 25 weeks, or until about late September, for all residents to be fully vaccinated.
Missouri is yet state where the vaccine rollout is moving quite slowly.
Only 18.6 percent of the population, about 773,000 adults, have been fully vaccinated.
However, only 2.6 million adults out of the 4.16 million in the state says they plan to be immunized.
Still, with about 25,000 people a day being fully immunized, it will take the state until about November to reach al eligible residents.
Another reason for the slow rollout in Missouri? The state raced ahead to vaccinate as may people as possible, meaning demand far outpaced supply.
Dr Elizabeth Bergamini, a pediatrician in suburban St. Louis, told the Associated Press she drove about 30 people hundreds of miles to rural towns to their appointments.
often out-of-the way vaccination events after the state opened eligibility to those 65 and older Jan. 18 and then expanded further.
‘We went from needing to vaccinate several hundred thousand people in the St. Louis area to an additional half-million people, but we still hadn’t vaccinated that first group, so it has been this mad dash,’ Bergamini said.
‘It has just been a whole hot mess.’