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States Scale Back Vaccine Orders As Interest In Shots Wanes

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FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Kendria Brown, a nurse with DC health, vaccinates a woman with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at The REACH at the Kennedy Center in Washington. From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the Biden administration send them only a fraction of what's been allocated to them. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(AP) — States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. Officials in Wisconsin have asked for just 8% of their federal allotment of doses for next week. Iowa has rejected 70% of its allotment next week. Kansas asked for less than 9% of its allotment this past week. Illinois plans to ask for only 9% of its allotment next week. Health officials say most people who want to get vaccinated have been able to find shots, resulting in softening demand. But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only 32% of the nation’s population has been fully vaccinated.

 

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