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  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 63 percent of adults have received at least one shot of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • But according to a Washington Post analysis, the current average number of shots per day has sunk below 1 million despite all adults and children over age 12 now being eligible for the critical jab.
  • The Washington Post reports about 18 million adults need to receive a shot of vaccine by July 4 to meet Biden’s goal.

President Biden’s goal to administer at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine to 70 percent of U.S. adults by Independence Day is hitting a snag as vaccination rates are lagging nationwide. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 63 percent of adults have received at least one shot of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 52 percent have been fully vaccinated. 


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But according to a Washington Post analysis, the current average number of shots per day has sunk below 1 million despite all adults and children over age 12 now being eligible for the critical jab. That’s a significant drop from the peak of 3.4 million daily doses given in mid-April.

The Washington Post reports about 18 million adults need to receive a shot of vaccine by July 4 to meet Biden’s goal. 

Every state has seen a decrease of at least two-thirds from their peak vaccination rate, but the situation is more dire in states in the South and Midwest. 

The analysis shows 12 states, including Utah, Oklahoma, Montana, the Dakotas and West Virginia, are seeing just 15 out of 10,000 people receive a vaccine, while the vaccination rate in Alabama fell to just 4 out of 10,000 last week. 

Thirteen states, however, have already reached the president’s goal of 70 percent adults receiving the first jab, while 15 others and the District of Columbia are over 60 percent and likely to hit the goal in time. 

Six states, mostly in the South and Midwest, are at 50 percent or below and are unlikely to meet Biden’s target, according to the Post. 

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those people who absolutely want to get vaccinated have already done so. 

“You’re left with a group that you may need ... trusted messengers who go out there and explain to them why it’s critical for themselves, for their family,” Fauci said during a call with community leaders last week, according to the Post. 


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Published on Jun 07, 2021