- This story is regularly updated for relevance. Last updated: April 12, 2021
More than 119 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 72 million are now fully vaccinated, as of April 12. If you’re wondering how many people have been vaccinated, the number continues to rise with three vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S.
In fact, by the beginning of March, the U.S. was vaccinating about 2 million per day, the highest average yet, and a few weeks later, the number of people being vaccinated topped 3 million for two straight days. In April, that number rose to 4 million with half of all senior citizens getting the vaccine. The number of doses distributed by the CDC’s count is now at about 237 million.
On Feb. 1, it was touted that the number of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine had surpassed the number of Americans who had been infected by the coronavirus. On March 2, the CDC reported that 15% of the U.S. population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and few days later, it was noted that 10% of the U.S. population had received both doses. By the end of March, one-third of Americans had received at least one dose, and by mid-April, it was expected that half of all U.S. adults would have been jabbed at least once.
As CNBC observed, “the biggest hurdle to ending the pandemic in the U.S. is getting the doses to the roughly 331 million Americans across the country.”
Israel announced in early January that all of its citizens over the age of 16 would be vaccinated by the end of March, and by mid-February, about half of the Israeli population had received at least one dose.
Even though medical workers and nursing home residents are among the first recommended to get the vaccine, who gets the vaccine and when could largely be a function of where people live in the U.S. USA Today noted that people in those priority groups may receive the vaccine in certain states but could end up vaccinated after people in lower-priority categories in other states.
And as noted by the Washington Post, some frontline workers, including grocery store workers, have been pushed further back in the vaccination line.
As an example, that article compares Nevada, which has relatively few residents in the highest-priority groups, to Massachusetts. Based on federal formulas, according to USA Today’s analysis, Nevada could vaccinate all the first-priority people once the federal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines reached the 13.6 million dose mark nationwide. By contrast, the nation had to reach the 25.5 million mark before Massachusetts could do the same.
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