State General Population Vaccine Eligibility



By: Emily Reed, Senior Associate, Healthcare Policy | Updated on 4/19/2021

On April 6, President Biden announced that his new goal is to have all individuals 16+ eligible for the vaccine by April 19. President Biden’s original goal was May 1. After the President’s announcement on April 6, Oregon announced that they have updated their timeline to reflect the President’s new goal. All states are now currently scheduled to have individuals 16+ eligible for the vaccine by April 19.

States continue to accelerate their timelines as they become more efficient in distributing the vaccine. As of April 6, the 15 remaining states are scheduled to provide the vaccine to all individuals 16+ by April 19. States like Pennsylvania and New Jersey have announced the timeline for the final phases leading up to the 16+ eligibility dates. Other states like Colorado and Iowa accelerated their plans directly to allow individuals 16+ to receive the vaccine, bypassing adding or addressing any previous steps.

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Throughout the vaccine distribution process, states have adjusted their methods to account for the number of available vaccines they had to administer to designated vaccine-eligible populations. At the beginning of 2021, states struggled to receive a consistent flow of vaccines to get through their originally drafted timelines. The difficulty states had with adhering to their timelines also caused them to face issues with effectively communicating the different vaccine distribution methods for the populations that were eligible. However, after the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine was approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization, the United State’s supply of vaccines increased drastically, allowing states to increase their distribution methods through pharmacies, mobile clinics, and mass vaccination sites. 

The remarkable increase in vaccine supply has allowed states to ramp-up vaccine distribution to far surpass previously set goals. After exceeding the goal of having the United States administer 100 million doses during the first 100 days of his presidency on day 58 of his term, President Biden up the ante and announced a new goal of having the United States administer 200 million doses in his first 100 days. President Biden suggested that the federal government will work to increase the state’s vaccine supply to meet this new goal. 

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As states continue to consistently edit their vaccine distribution plans and timeline, it is essential for leaders to track these plans to provide their workforce with up-to-date information. In December 2020, the majority of the state’s plans consisted of phases that focused on eligibility based on employment. After states faced issues with vaccine supply and have now adapted to account for an increase in vaccines, the state’s plans have shifted almost entirely to focus eligibility on age and pre-existing conditions. After over a year of facing the challenges of a global pandemic, states have reworked their stay-at-home orders and vaccine distribution plans, and we are now in the race to May 1 for all adults 16+ to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

State: Date Individuals 16+ Are Eligible: Source:
Arizona April 5, 2021 Link
Oklahoma March 29, 2021 Link
Wyoming March 31, 2021 Link
Alabama April 5, 2021 Link
Alaska March 9, 2021 Link
Arkansas March 30, 2021 Link
California April 15, 2021 Link
Colorado April 2, 2021 Link
Connecticut April 1, 2021 Link
Delaware April 6, 2021 Link
District of Columbia April 12, 2021 Link
Florida April 5, 2021 Link
Georgia March 25, 2021 Link
Hawaii April 5, 2021 Link
Idaho April 5, 2021 Link
Illinois April 12, 2021 Link
Indiana March 31, 2021 Link
Iowa April 5, 2021 Link
Kansas March 29, 2021 Link
Kentucky April 5, 2021 Link
Louisiana March 29, 2021 Link
Maine April 7, 2021 Link
Maryland April 12, 2021 Link
Massachusetts April 19, 2021 Link
Michigan April 5, 2021 Link
Minnesota March 30, 2021 Link
Mississippi March 16, 2021 Link
Missouri April 9, 2021 Link
Montana April 1, 2021 Link
Nebraska April 5, 2021 Link
Nevada April 5, 2021 Link
New Hampshire April 2, 2021 Link
New Jersey April 19, 2021 Link
New Mexico April 5, 2021 Link
New York April 6, 2021 Link
North Carolina April 7, 2021 Link
North Dakota March 29, 2021 Link
Ohio March 22, 2021 Link
Oregon April 19, 2021 Link
Pennsylvania April 13, 2021 Link
Rhode Island April 19, 2021 Link
South Carolina March 31, 2021 Link
South Dakota April 5, 2021 Link
Tennessee April 5, 2021 Link
Texas March 29, 2021 Link
Utah March 24, 2021 Link
Vermont April 19, 2021 Link
Virginia April 18, 2021 Link
Washington April 15, 2021 Link
West Virginia March 22, 2021 Link
Wisconsin April 5, 2021 Link