The White House
reported that more than 70% of Americans aged 30 and up have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
, despite President Joe Biden
's goal of vaccinating the same percentage of all American adults by Independence Day.
The Biden administration
is releasing new data on Tuesday, indicating that it expects to reach 70% of Americans aged 27 and up with at least one vaccine by the July 4 holiday
. A White House official said the administration is now redoubling its focus on vaccinating younger Americans aged 18 to 26, who have proven to be the least likely to receive a vaccine when it is available to them.
The White House stated that meeting Biden's vaccination goal is less important than the speed with which the country is reopening, which is outpacing even its own internal projections as the vast majority of the country's most vulnerable people
are fully vaccinated and cases and deaths are at their lowest levels since the pandemic
Nonetheless, even as vaccines
have become more widely available, the nationwide rate of new vaccinations
has fallen precipitously in the last month.