The Twitter account of White House COVID-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar is an excellent source of updates on all things federal pandemic data. But this past Wednesday, Shahpar’s account took on a new purpose: tech support for the CDC’s dashboard.
It is now over a year into the U.S.’s vaccine rollout, and the CDC is still failing to publicly share data on vaccinations by state and race/ethnicity. I actually wrote a callout post about this in March 2021, and nothing has changed since then!
Since August 13, the CDC’s dashboard says, about 7.3 million Americans have received a third dose. These booster shots are obfuscating the country’s vaccination trends. Over one million people have been vaccinated every day for the past week, but roughly half of those people were getting their booster shots.