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

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  • This story is regularly updated for relevance. Last updated: July 5, 2021

About 182 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 157 million are now fully vaccinated, as of July 5. 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 383 million with 54.9% of people getting at least one dose and 47.4% who are fully vaccinated. Of those who are actually eligible to receive the vaccine—everybody over the age of 12—those numbers rise to 64.3% and 55.4% percent, respectively.

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. By the end of March, one-third of Americans had received at least one dose, and by mid-April, 30% of Americans were fully vaccinated.

As of May 10, American children between the ages of 12-15 can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and in the first week of availability, about 600,000 children in that age range, including 100,000 in Texas, got the shot.

But by June, the average number of Americans who were getting vaccinated per day had slipped to less than a million, and in some states, like Missouri, the vaccination rates were still pretty low.

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.”

That includes bridging the COVID vaccine gender gap, as U.S. women were getting the vaccine more often than men.

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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Sources: CDC, CNBC, USA Today, CBS Chicago

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