Nearly 1 In 5 U.S. Adults Have Now Gotten At Least One Covid-19 Vaccine Dose


Nearly one in five American adults have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and the U.S. reached 50 million vaccine doses ahead of schedule, the White House said Friday, as the pace of vaccinations starts to pick up after a slow start ahead of a substantial increase in the country’s vaccine supply.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 18.5% of all U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine shot, and 8.9% of adults have received both doses.

The U.S. has doubled its pace of vaccinations since President Joe Biden took office, White House Covid-19 response team advisor Andy Slavitt said at a briefing Friday, and delivered more than 50 million shots in 37 days, which was ahead of the Biden administration’s target.

Nearly half of Americans over age 65 have now gotten at least one shot and nearly 60% of those over 75, the White House advisor said, up from only 8% of Americans over 65 and 14% of over-75s who had been vaccinated six weeks ago.

According to the CDC, the states that have the highest vaccination rates are Alaska and New Mexico—where 29.1% and 27% of adults have received at least one dose, respectively—and the lowest vaccination rates are in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, which have all vaccinated approximately 15% to 16% of their adult population.

The White House sent out 17.5 million vaccine doses to states this week, up from 13.5 million last week and 8.6 million during Biden’s first week in office—a nearly 70% increase.

As vaccinations ramp up, the share of Americans who are willing to get inoculated soon is increasing: A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted Feb. 15-23 found the percentage of U.S. adults who said they were either already vaccinated or would get one as soon as they could increased to 55%, up from 47% in January, and the share who said they would “wait and see” decreased from 31% to 22%.

70.4 million. That’s how many Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered as of Friday afternoon, according to the CDC. Those doses have covered 47.1 million people who have received at least one dose, with 22.6 million having completed both shots.

The KFF poll found that 15% of adults will “definitely not” get the vaccine, as compared with 13% who said the same in January.

The vaccination rate is expected to dramatically increase by the spring, as manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna testified to Congress this week they both have improved their processes and can deliver more doses earlier than anticipated. Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine is also slated to be approved for emergency use by the federal government potentially as soon as this weekend. If that happens, the White House said Wednesday it will likely be able to allocate three to four million doses of the single-shot vaccine next week, and the company plans to deliver 20 million shots in total by the end of March.

The government is seeking to ramp up vaccinations amid an increasing prevalence of new and more transmissible coronavirus variants. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned Friday that the number of new daily cases appear to be plateauing following a dramatic decline in recent weeks, which suggests the U.S. “may now be seeing the effects of these variants.” “We cannot get comfortable or give in to a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Not now, not when mass vaccination is so very close,” Walensky said.

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