More than 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots have been put in arms in the United States as of Friday, covering almost 20% of Americans, as immunization efforts continue to speed up nationwide and health officials look to stave off another Covid-19 surge.
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Clinics have reported a total of 101.1 million immunizations since the first coronavirus vaccines were authorized for U.S. use in mid-December, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday afternoon.
In recent weeks, the U.S. has averaged more than 2 million daily immunizations.
That’s double the rate for late January and more than quadruple the rate for the beginning of the year, when the United States averaged just 400,000 shots per day.
19.9%. That’s the percentage of Americans who have received at least one vaccine shot. The share of Americans who are fully vaccinated is 10.5%, meaning they’ve taken two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine. Once 70% to 90% of Americans have some degree of immunity from the coronavirus due to either past infection or vaccination, most experts think the country will reach “herd immunity,” meaning the virus will have a much harder time spreading.
When Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines were authorized late last year, immunization efforts started out slowly as officials focused on high-risk groups like nursing home residents and health workers, and the Trump administration fell far short of its goal of immunizing 20 million people by the end of the year. Since then, the pace has sped up considerably. Drugmakers are churning out more doses, the federal government has boosted the number of doses it allots to states every week, capacity to put shots in arms has increased as more vaccine clinics have opened, and demand has soared as states broaden eligibility for vaccines.
President Joe Biden promised the United States will have distributed enough doses to cover all 260 million U.S. adults by May. Meeting the goal could prove difficult: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to ramp up manufacturing and deliver enough doses for 130 million Americans by the end of this month, but their timelines after that are less precise. Plus, administering those doses after they’re delivered is an additional challenge that will likely require more staff and more vaccine clinics.
Vaccination rates vary fairly widely by state. Alaska and New Mexico are leading in the vaccine race, giving at least one dose to more than 25% of their residents, while Georgia lags behind with just 14.6% of its population vaccinated. Immunization rates vary for a few reasons: Each state has a different distribution strategy and set of eligibility rules, some like Texas were hampered by last month’s severe winter weather, and states like Alaska have benefitted from federal help to vaccinate their Indigenous and military populations.
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