According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, half of all adults in the United States
are now fully immunized against COVID-19
Only five months after it began distributing doses, the country has reached this milestone: 61% of American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine
, putting the country on track to meet President Joe Biden
's target of 70% by July 4.
“Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all decreasing because of the millions of people
who have stepped forward and done their part to protect their health
and the health of their communities, to move us out of this pandemic
Director Rochelle Walensky
said at a White House
COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday.
Here are the most recent CDC vaccination
figures, which show that more than 73% of U.S. adults over the age of 65 have been fully immunized:
The country's overall vaccination rate remains just under 40%, as the Food
and Drug Administration only recently approved the Pfizer
vaccine for children
ages 12-15, making it the first coronavirus vaccine approved in the United States for people under the age of 16. Moderna
, one of the other major vaccine manufacturers, plans to seek FDA approval for children as young as 12 early next month.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser on President Joe Biden's coronavirus response team, said that programs offering incentives to get the vaccine appear to be working, citing Ohio
's entry of vaccinated people into lotteries with $1 million payouts.
“People are concerned about getting vaccinated, but it turns out they are also concerned about other things,” Slavitt said.
The rest of the world's vaccination rate remains slow, despite the United States' pledge to export 80 million vaccine doses abroad, with many likely going to Central and South America, according to Reuters last week.