The American destination with the highest vaccination rates is in the Caribbean: Travel Weekly


Puerto Rico leads all US states and territories in terms of Covid-19 vaccination rates.

According to CDC data, the destination, which is U.S. territory, has the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as of October 21.

Puerto Rico reached 73.1% for full vaccination of islanders on that date, higher than the rate of 66.2% in the United States. More than 2.3 million people on the island have been fully vaccinated, the CDC said.

According to the CDC data tracker, the territory with the second highest rate is Guam, at 71.5%; for the states, most New England states are neck and neck, with vaccination rates of around 70%. (Only Palau, a sovereign nation with a pact of free association with the United States, has a higher rate; in its case, 87.4% of residents, or nearly 16,000 people, have been beaten.)

In the case of Puerto Rico, the destination has developed a step-by-step plan with help from the CDC to achieve high vaccination rates. The plan included advertising campaigns with doctors, nurses and politicians; an organized National Guard distribution system; clear messages from the leaders of Puerto Rico; and numerous public service announcements indicating the location of mass vaccination sites.

The government now imposes vaccinations for students, concert goers, restaurant diners and those who work in restaurants.

All US citizens entering Puerto Rico must complete an online travel declaration form. Vaccinated travelers must present their official vaccination record (a copy is not accepted); unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR or antigen test performed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.


Corina C. Butler

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