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11 North Florida Counties Lowest in Vaccinations

Lisa Ferdinando/Department of Defense

The state’s lowest vaccination rates against COVID-19 are in 11 rural North Florida counties where fewer than 40% of people had received at least one vaccine dose, according to a report released Friday.

Statewide, 65% of people ages 12 and older had received at least one dose, the state Department of Health report showed. But the 11 counties below 40% were Baker, Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Lafayette, Liberty, Suwannee, Taylor and Washington. Holmes had the lowest rate at 28%, followed by Hamilton at 33% and Calhoun and Liberty at 34%.

By contrast, Miami-Dade County had the highest rate at 83%. The report did not provide a county-by-county breakdown of people who were fully vaccinated. But it indicated that 10.3 million people statewide are fully vaccinated, while 2.1 million have received first doses. Vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna require two shots for people to be fully vaccinated.