The White House on Monday said 70 percent of adults have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, almost a month after President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE's original goal of reaching that mark by July 4.
The vaccination campaign has slowed compared to the spring months, as hesitancy and even resistance to the vaccine has created a major obstacle for public health officials. But vaccination numbers are starting to tick up amid new outbreaks fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19.
The seven-day average of newly vaccinated people is the highest since July 4, White House COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar said on Monday.
The country is averaging about 660,000 vaccinations per day, according to Our World in Data, up from about 500,000 on July 20.
Still, that figure is well below the peak from April, when the country was averaging over 3 million shots per day.
The U.S. has also fallen behind other industrialized nations when it comes to vaccine rates. The European Union said on Tuesday that 70 percent of its adults had received at least one dose.
Amid U.S. resistance in some quarters, experts are increasingly calling for employers to mandate vaccines for their workers, as one of the only remaining ways to boost vaccinations.
Biden began to encourage such steps last week when he said that federal workers would need to get vaccinated or else get tested regularly.
Full approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration could also encourage holdouts to get the shot, and some experts are calling on the agency to move faster in its process.
A Monmouth poll released Monday found that 17 percent of Americans remain opposed to getting the vaccine, of which 70 percent align with Republicans and just 6 percent align with Democrats.
Several conservative media personalities and lawmakers have expressed skepticism about the vaccine. Others, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats insist budget consensus close as talks drag on Manchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks MORE (R-Ky.), have been strongly urging people to get vaccinated.