According to a tweet by the Data Director of White House Cyrus Shahpar, half of the US population has now been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus that is fast spreading across the length and breadth of the city. Based on his tweet on Friday, 821000 Covid-19 doses were administered on Friday that included 555000 people who received their first vaccine shot implying a rapid increase in the vaccination rates in the country. “50% of Americans (all ages) are now fully vaccinated. Keep going!” he tweeted.
Improvement In Vaccination Rates Leads To half The US Population To Be Fully Vaccinated
This implies that over 165 million people have received either a Pfizer or Moderna (2-dose vaccine) or the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot. The US CDC online Cvid-19 data tracker has still not officially released this data till Friday afternoon, though the update is expected to be released shortly. It took close to 9 months of continuous efforts from government officials to reach this threshold. The first drive began on 14h December 2020.
Vermont and Massachusetts remain the states where the maximum percentage of populations are given shots while Alabama and Mississippi are the states with the lowest percentage of population administered shots. The Biden administration is taking efforts to increase the pace of vaccinations, especially in communities and states resisting vaccination.
The pace of vaccination had reached record highs in mid-April 2021 when more than 3 million people were administered shots per day. The pace of vaccination has declined ever since, although it has picked up in the last few days amid a surge in the transmission of the Delta variant of the virus. The spread of delta variants especially amongst the unvaccinated population has prompted them to get vaccinated. It is heartening to see the rates of vaccination improve in the states of Florida and Texas where the surge is rather steep.
To ensure a maximum number of people get their shots and reduce the number of further infections, health officials and other leaders are encouraging eligible Americans to schedule their vaccination appointments as soon as possible.
On Friday, President Biden from The White House also hinted at further measures, especially for the Federal administration employees. In an assertive approach, the administration has asked all federal employees to get fully vaccinated by a specified date or face Covid tests twice a week. The states of New York, California, Hawaii, Virginia are taking further measures as well. States like New York and Los Angeles are imposing fresh restrictions on people demanding proof of vaccinations for entering closed spaces like Gyms or restaurants. A lot of large companies like Netflix, Facebook, Microsoft are also encouraging their employees to get vaccinated by allowing only vaccinated employees at workplaces.
For few people who are awaiting full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for these vaccines, the FDA is working as quickly as possible to review the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Modern vaccines. It is widely hoped that by Labor day the full approval for these vaccines should be granted.