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More than half of the the country is fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination rates, however, are increasing but remain far below their mid-April peak of 3.3 million doses administered daily, on average.
When states will vaccinate 70% of adults at current rate
The United States reached President Biden’s target of getting at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to 70 percent of adults just about a month after his goal of July 4. When the president set the goal May 4, more than 2 million vaccine doses were being given daily, 56 percent of adults had already received at least one shot, and the target seemed to be in easy reach. Vaccination rates fell to 1 million per day and in July fell further to around a half-million doses per day before turning up again.
More than half the states and the District of Columbia have reached the 70 percent target. Many states, particularly in the South and Midwest, are still far from reaching the threshold.
Georgia was not included in this analysis due to infrequent reporting to the CDC. Due to reporting adjustments, other states may have weekly negative averages and are not shown in the chart.
A look at vaccinations across the country
|Jurisdiction||Share of population that has received at least one dose||Share of population fully vaccinated||Weekly change in doses administered|
All adults have been eligible for the vaccine since April, and almost 17 million children, as young as 12, have been eligible for a coronavirus vaccine since May.
Public health and government leaders said that racial and ethnic equity would be critical in distributing vaccines, but data collection on the race of recipients has been poor.
These charts show the percent of the population in each racial or ethnic group that has received a vaccine so far. Alaskan Native and Native American populations have a higher rate of vaccination, which tribal leaders have attributed to their sovereignty and emphasis on prioritizing elders and their communities.
The risk of hospitalization and death from covid-19 rises with age, and vaccination rates have followed that pattern, with prioritization for people in nursing homes and for older Americans.
District of Columbia
The District of Columbia has vaccinated a sizable number of nonresidents as many health-care workers and other essential workers, including teachers and school staff, commute into the District from neighboring states for work.