Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Update – October 20th, 2021
Bottom Line: The advent of boosters has brought about a new and interesting dynamic in COVID-19 vaccinations. More Floridians are consistently obtaining COVID-19 booster shots, or a third dose, than are obtaining a first or a second dose. Take last week for example. Just over 105,000 Floridians obtained a booster compared to 82k receiving a second dose and 55k who obtained a first dose. In total nearly 750,000 Floridians have now obtained a COVID-19 booster. As for those obtaining a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we’re continuing to see most of them coming from the previously unvaccinated in the workforce. The biggest increase in first timers were once again those in their 20’s - though they’re still the least likely to be vaccinated. It’s been evident in recent weeks that companies imposing vaccine mandates along with the threat of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate has made a bit of an impact with those in the workforce who’d previously been reluctant.
COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to trend above the national average in Florida. Floridians at all age levels have been immunized with at least a first dose most recently. Florida’s overall vaccination rate stands at 68.2% of Florida’s total population with 72% of Florida’s vaccine eligible population. Florida currently ranks 19th overall among all states in COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Here’s an updated look at completed vaccination rates by age:
- 12-19: 55%
- 20-29: 54%
- 30-39: 63%
- 40-49: 72%
- 50-59: 77%
- 60-64: 84%
- 65+: 89%
As mentioned, the biggest difference this week came with those in the workforce with gains made predominantly with those in their 20’s & 40’s. To that end, something I’ve been tracking of late during this weekly update is approximately how many Floridians in the workforce would be caught of the crosshairs of President Biden’s workforce vaccine mandate should the OSHA rule go through. Should that occur, about 74% of Florida’s workforce would be impacted. As of today, approximately 68% of Florida’s workforce has been vaccinated. That leaves approximately 700,000 Floridians currently in the crosshairs of the mandate.