Here’s how many people have received COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S.

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According to the CDC, more than 10 million Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19, as of Jan. 13. However, those numbers fall far below the 20 million goal set for the end of 2020, even with two vaccines approved for emergency use. So, if you’re wondering how many people have been vaccinated, it’s less than officials expected.

Even the number of doses distributed by the CDC’s count—about 29.3 million—is far less than what was projected for December with the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed in effect. 

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.”

Meanwhile, Israel announced in early January that all of its citizens over the age of 16 would be vaccinated by the end of March.

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. 

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 can vaccinate all the first-priority people once the federal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines reached the 13.6 million dose mark nationwide. By contrast, it will take the nation reaching the 25.5 million mark before Massachusetts can do the same. 

More than one in 10 U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations so far have been administered in Illinois. According to the CBS Chicago website, the state recorded 100,991 doses given as of Dec. 22. That’s driven, in part, by the city of Chicago’s efforts, as it’s instituted its own vaccination plan. 

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, who received his first of two vaccinations Dec. 22 alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci, was quoted in the CNBC article saying that he hopes Americans “will understand this is a logistic challenge of enormous proportion” if the U.S. falls short of the 20 million goal by year’s end.

“Frankly, I think it’s pretty amazing it has gone as fast as it has, recognizing it has only been 10 days since the FDA gave its first approval for emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine and then a week later for Moderna,” he added. “I think the distribution effort gone through [Operation] Warp Speed and then working through the states is pretty amazing.”

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Sources: CDC, CNBC, USA Today, CBS Chicago

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