COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan by State as Pfizer Rollout Begins

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and distribution of the vaccine began Monday, the Department of Defense confirmed.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar stated Friday: "It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the world."

When will all states receive the vaccine?

"We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive the vaccine on Monday," Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna said at a press briefing Saturday, followed by "another 425 sites on Tuesday and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial delivery of the Pfizer orders for the vaccine."

"We remain agile and adaptive to what the situation brings to us," Perna added. "As we work through many time zones [and] many areas of concern, we will manage the distribution on a day-to-day process."

COVID-19 vaccine distribution by state

Vaccine distribution differs by state. By the end of October, every state was required to submit its detailed COVID-19 vaccination plan, including information on distribution, to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Below are links to each state's COVID-19 vaccine roadmap in alphabetical order:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

In a statement Sunday, the CDC said: "There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.

"The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers," the CDC noted.

COVID-19 vaccine in Queens, NYC, December 2020
A nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine on December 14 in the New York City borough of Queens. The initial delivery of the Pfizer orders for the vaccine is expected to be completed by Wednesday and each state will has its own vaccine distribution plan. Mark Lennihan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 72.3 million people, including over 16.2 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.6 million people have died worldwide and over 47.3 million have recovered as of Monday, according to John Hopkins University.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows the countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls.

Global COVID Death Tolls
The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the countries with the highest death tolls as of December 13, 2020, as graphed by Statista. Statista

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 cases across U.S.