The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

The United States as of Aug. 5 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 91.9 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 67.2% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 48.2% of vaccinated people have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in Rhode Island using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest vaccination rate as of Aug. 4, 2022. Due to inconsistencies in reporting, some counties do not have vaccination data available. Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in your state.

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#5. Providence County

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (458,417 fully vaccinated)
— 14.8% lower vaccination rate than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 405 (2,587 total deaths)
— 18.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 38,599 (246,623 total cases)
— 4.4% more cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island

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#4. Newport County

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.3% (62,653 fully vaccinated)
— 9.4% lower vaccination rate than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 117 (96 total deaths)
— 65.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,442 (23,346 total cases)
— 23.1% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island

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#3. Kent County

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 79.5% (130,614 fully vaccinated)
— 5.6% lower vaccination rate than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 317 (521 total deaths)
— 7.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,138 (56,086 total cases)
— 7.7% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island

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#2. Bristol County

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.0% (38,804 fully vaccinated)
— 5.0% lower vaccination rate than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 369 (179 total deaths)
— 7.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,519 (15,765 total cases)
— 12.0% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island

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#1. Washington County

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.0% (100,505 fully vaccinated)
— 5.0% lower vaccination rate than Rhode Island
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 194 (243 total deaths)
— 43.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Rhode Island
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,963 (37,627 total cases)
— 19.0% less cases per 100k residents than Rhode Island

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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