In the latest vaccination update from The Daily Yonder, the rural vaccination rate has increased by one-third of a percentage, with 172,000 new COVID-19 vaccinations completed.

As of Dec. 16, 46.8% of rural America is fully vaccinated against COVID. To compare, the metropolitan vaccination rate is 27% higher at 59.5%.

From the update: “Deep South states figure prominently for having the lowest rates of rural vaccination. Georgia has less than a quarter of its rural residents vaccinated, although a large number of vaccinations without geographic information could be part of the reason. Missouri, Alabama, and Louisiana all have rural vaccination rates under 40% of total population.”

While there are rural counties with higher vaccination rates, across the board rural America is struggling to get everyone vaccinated.

To read the rest of the update and see the data on the Yonder, click here.