U.S. Covid Vaccinations Slow As More States Pass Half Of The Population
The rate of daily Covid vaccinations administered in the US has fallen below 3 million for the first time since weeks Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, more states crossed half the point for residents with at least one shot.
US vaccine shots administered
The United States has taken an average of 2.9 million reported recordings per day over the past week, CDC data shows. The daily average was over 3 million for more than two weeks, peaking on April 13 of 3.4 million reported shots per day.
Part of the reason for this slight decline could be the continued suspension of Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, which the Food and Drug Administration advised states to suspend “out of caution” earlier this month after six women developed a rare bleeding disorder.
The J&J shot accounts for less than 4% of the 219 million total doses administered to date in the US. However, the single-shot option had proven particularly useful in certain communities where vaccination sites were difficult to access several times, and was used in mid-April for an average of 425,000 reported shots per day at peak levels.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
Approximately 40% of the US population have had one or more shots, and more than a quarter are fully vaccinated. In the elderly, more than 81% received at least one dose.
New Hampshire outperforms all other states in terms of residents with one or more shots, with 59% of the population being at least partially vaccinated. Connecticut crossed the halftime mark earlier this week, Maine and Massachusetts on Thursday.
Many states are nearing the milestone, with Vermont, New Mexico, New Jersey, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania crossing the 45% mark.
States that lag behind the national rate include Mississippi, where 30% of residents have received at least one shot, and Alabama and Louisiana, where 31% of residents have been struck. A total of eleven states are below 35%.
US Covid cases
The US reports nearly 62,000 new coronavirus infections daily based on a seven day average compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That level is above the country’s recent low of 53,600 a day in late March, but has moved down over the past week.
In Michigan, where the daily number of cases per capita per country is highest, the outbreak may show signs of subsiding. The state reports an average of nearly 6,200 new cases per day for the past week, compared to nearly 7,700 per day a week ago.
US Covid deaths
According to Johns Hopkins data, the US reports an average of 700 deaths per day in Covid. The nationwide death toll from the pandemic has exceeded 570,000.