Arkansas Vaccine Shipments on Par With Neighboring States

By Haley Hale

Despite its small population size, Arkansas is receiving essentially the same number of COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita as neighboring states, according to an analysis.

The Centers for Disease Control releases regular data on the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipments to each state. When compared to neighboring states, Arkansas falls in the middle for doses received per capita, according to an analysis of the data.

Shipments to Arkansas ranged from 1.68% per capita in the week of Dec. 14 to 4.61% per capita for the Jan. 25, 2021 week. Additionally, the biggest difference between per capita numbers in any given week among the states is less than half a percentage point. 

Without adjusting for population, Arkansas has consistently ranked second to last in total vaccine shipments when compared to its neighbors. It’s important to note that besides Mississippi, Arkansas has the smallest total population.

The highest number of doses received by Arkansas was 139,250 during the week of Dec. 21, 2020. The lowest number received was 50,700 during the week of Dec. 14, 2020. Pfizer was the only company shipping vaccines the week of December 14th.

Rob Wells

Rob Wells, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media.


The University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media operates this site as an independent source of news and as a community service for Arkansas residents. Students produce the content here under the supervision of Rob Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism. The data presented here is collected at roughly the same time each day from the Arkansas Department of Health website.

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