The Biden administration was just short of its July 4 target of having at least 70% of American adults vaccinated at least partially against COVID-19.
According to the CDC, 67% of adults nationwide had received at least one shot of the vaccine on Saturday. Yet President Biden pointed to the millions of people who have received injections as proof that the United States is recovering.
“This July 4, America is back,” Biden said in a tweet Sunday morning. “We are heading into a summer of joy – of freedom – thanks to the millions of Americans who have stepped up to get immunized. To the frontline and essential workers who made this day possible: thank you.”
This percentage is much higher among older Americans, with 88.3% of people 65 and older having received at least one dose.
With necessary waiting periods between doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the number of those who are fully vaccinated lags behind, with 58.1% of adults fully vaccinated – 78.6% for those 65 and over.
In terms of the total number, this represents just under 157 million people (47.3%) in the United States fully vaccinated and over 182 million (54.9%) who received at least one dose.
A White House official told Fox News in June the administration was “on track” to meet the president’s goal of delivering at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 70% of 27-year-old adults and more, but said she would not respect it. this target until after the July 4 vacation due to a “reporting lag” as states do not send data “as regularly”.
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That day, White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain tweeted that the United States had hit the 70% mark for those 30 and over.
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