Vaccine Nation: Profiling states leading in vaccination rates

As states get their populations vaccinated, their economies begin to bounce back from pandemic-induced dips.

Which states are leading the country in their vaccination efforts, and what does that mean for their economies and the industries within them — in particular retail? 

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With much of the past 18 months filled with grim statistics that accompany a pandemic — more than 600,000 deaths in the United States alone and more than 34 million cases — this month, DSN is looking at states that lead in the more hopeful statistic: the percentage of their population that is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Yes, COVID-19 remains a real threat, particularly as the Delta variant surges throughout the country, but states with a high proportion of vaccinated residents also signal the return of their economies. Certainly, retail never went away and indeed served as a critical line of defense in the country’s response to COVID-19, and states reopening means that companies might soon advance with stalled efforts and confidently move forward to meet consumer demands that developed in the last year. 

To compile this list, DSN looked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data and charts compiled by the Mayo Clinic, choosing the 13 states that lead the country in the percentage of their residents that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of July 22.  

Click on a state below to read about how its economy is bouncing back.