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COVID-19: What Country is WInning the Race to Be Fully Vaccinated?

In the race to get their populations vaccinated, some countries are doing better than others. No country is fully vaccinated yet, but one, Gibraltar, a British territory located at the southern tip of Spain, is very close and will no doubt win the race. Everyone in Gibraltar has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, That means everyone already has a good deal of immunity, because with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you are already at 80% immunity two weeks after your first shot.

But even better, 90.2% of Gibraltar's population has been FULLY vaccinated. Gibraltar's total population is a little over 33,700. I am assuming that the data I am looking at is only showing those who are eligible for the vaccine. Presently, it is everyone who is 16 years of age or older, but Pfizer will be seeking approval for 12-15-year-olds to receive its vaccine, as well.

Currently, the only other country who has fully vaccinated over half of their population is Israel, at 57.4%. Several other countries are close: Falkland Islands (49.3%), Seychelles (46.7%), and Cayman Islands (41.5%). It seems if you live on an island, you have an advantage!

Those are all pretty small places, though. Where do the very large countries stand? In the United States, we have about a quarter (24.7%) of our population fully vaccinated. Russia is only at 4%, India is at 1.2%, and Canada is 2.4% (however, Canada pursued a different strategy of getting as many people their first dose as possible, so they have an additional 21% partially immunized. China, the "hermit kingdom", isn't reporting its figures.

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MegL wrote on April 19, 2021, 9:14 AM

That's interesting that the island states have vaccinated large proportions. That's not just the number of vaccination vials they received but also consent from the inhabitants. I wonder whether inhabitants of smaller places, like islands, are more cohesive / social / I don't know?

AliCanary wrote on April 19, 2021, 8:40 PM

Well, it's interesting to note that Gibraltar, the Falklands, and the Caymans are British territories, and the Seychelles used to be. Bermuda is actually the next most vaccinated, with 32.1%. Interesting, isn't it? Keep Calm and Get Vaccinated, I guess :)

VinceSummers wrote on April 19, 2021, 9:39 PM

Very interesting! The other day, a friend totally shocked me with the poor situation in India. It is a religious season there, and gatherings are occurring, I have been told, without efforts to prevent spread of Covid with its variants. There is now an amazingly huge spike of cases in India, which will almost certainly grow mountainous before it settles down.

luisga814 wrote on August 13, 2021, 10:52 AM

To tell you honestly, I'm not yet vaccinated for COVID-19. First reason, I'm not yet fully recovered with my COVID-19 positive last July 25th. Although, I'm now good. Second reason, due to some effects after the vaccination with some of the vaccinated individuals, it stopped me to decide to go to the nearest vaccination sites.

AliCanary wrote on August 25, 2021, 11:04 PM

I hope that you are vaccinated now. This latest wave (the delta variant) is incredibly dangerous! I was vaccinated in March and April (first and second doses of Pfizer), and I'm fine, very mild side effects.