One piece of misinformation coming soon to watch for -- there will soon be stories about stalling vaccination rates, and that will be true. But a lot of publications will use the percentage of total population vaxxed as the number, and that will be deceptive.
What you want to keep in mind is that if every adult in the country was vaccinated, that would be 75% of the population.
Long term the denominator should be the entire population. But because there is not current effort to vaccinate children, anything talking about how the vaccination *effort* is going should be using with 16+ or 18+ as the denominator.
Take this for example, it looks like only 33% of the Washington State population has gotten its first dose. And that's true about the long-term goal but skews the picture of the near term goal.
The total population is 7.6 million, which works out to that percentage. And 33% is not bad. But that's not the right denominator for the current effort.
It's hard to get a good 16+ population number, but about 21% of the state is under 18 according to the census bureau. That leaves about 6 million adults.
This may seem like small change, but when you plug that in as the denominator it's not 33% who have had their first dose. It's 42%. That's a substantial difference, especially when the final phase hasn't opened yet!
This is important partially because understanding where rates start to slow down is going to be important to guess where adoption rates will end up. And the number to watch there is vax/adult_population not over general population.

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