I've just been reading some Covid-19 vaccination figures for France and for the U.S. My impression was that a much larger percentage of Americans have been vaccinated at this point compared to the percentage of French people vaccinated. Here's what I've seen:
As of 5 April, 9.3 million French people have had at least the first shot (including Walt and me). That represents 14% of the population (18% of the adult population). More than 3 million in France have had both shots now.
The goal in France is to have a total of 15 million people get the first shot by 15 April. Authorities predict that goal will be met, and probably early.
Here's the perimeter we are confined to now and for the rest of April at least, according to maps made available on the internet by the French government and other mapping sites. The circle on the map represents a 10 km (6 mi) ring around our house just west of Saint-Aignan:
Nearby towns including Montrichard, Valençay, Selles-sur-Cher, Romorantin, Blois and Tours are outside the circle. Actually, Romorantin, Blois, and Tours are all three more than 30 kilometers from our house, and we can't even request special permission to travel that distance. Within the circle on the map, we are required to carry a document that proves our address (a utility bill) when we go out so that the gendarmes, if they stop us, can verify that we are obeying the rules. There are two supermarkets, many wineries, and maybe 8 or 10 bakeries within our circle.
Meanwhile, here are some statistics for the U.S.:
According to an NPR web page updated yesterday, 32.4% of Americans have had at least the first shot now, and 18.8% have had both shots. In more than 20 states, more than 20% of the people have had both shots and are considered to be fully vaccinated.
State-by-state figures show about 25% have had the first shot in the states with the lowest rates (Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee...) and as many as 42% have had the first shot in the states with the highest rates (New Hampshire, New Mexico, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, for example).
In half of the 50 states between 30% and 36% of the people have had the first shot. For example: Florida 30.5%, North Carolina 31%, California 32%, New York 34%, Illinois 34.5%. Those five states combined have a population of 100 million people. France's population is between 65 and 70 million.
If you live in the U.S., you are probably more up to date about vaccination rates over there than I am. I just saw a report saying that Canada is again suffering from high infection rates, and that the province of Ontario may soon go into a new lock-down.
P.S. Our outdoor thermometer reads +1.1ºC this morning, which is slightly colder than yesterday at this hour, but not below freezing. We are being warned that we might have snow flurries or cold rain/sleet showers this morning, and it's snowing up in Normandy, about 150 miles north of us.