Anya Harris is given the Moderna coronavirus vaccine by Larry Wiggins at Red Hook Neighborhood Senior Center in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook on February 22, 2021 in New York City.
On Saturday, the U.S. reported another daily record of new Covid vaccination doses distributed, pushing the weekly average of new shots per day over 3 million, according to the data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The public-health agency on Saturday said 4.1 million new doses were given, the highest daily mark since the Food and Drug Administration cleared new vaccines for emergency use late last year.
According to the CDC, some 104.2 million people or 31% of the population have received at least one vaccine dose, while 59.9 million people, or 18% of the population are fully vaccinated. Johnson Johnson and Moderna's vaccines require two doses for limited immunity protection; Pfizer's vaccine, which received limited clearance in late February, is a single-shot regime.
Three-quarters of Americans who are age 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, CDC data shows, providing a vulnerable group of Americans with crucial protection against the disease. As of 31 March, nearly 81% of the country's Covid deaths have occurred in people who are older than 65.
The rise in available vaccine doses comes as daily supply increases and eligibility is extended across the nation. In states like Kentucky and Ohio, all residents are now able to get the vaccine with 16 or older.
The vaccina milestone Saturday arrives against a somewhat mixed picture of coronavirus cases and deaths in the past week. The average daily seven-day rate of new infections is 64,617, up 6% compared with a week ago according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. Cases are growing in 26 states, plus Washington D.C. CNBC's analysis shows.
However, the weekly average of new deaths per day is down 12% to 847.
President Joe Biden urged the country to continue to remain vigilant in regard to coronavirus virus spread despite significant progress on the vaccine rollout. Too many Americans are acting as if this fight is over, Biden said on Friday. It is not.
Also on Friday the CDC said people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid can travel at physical risk to themselves, while still stressing the need to wear a mask and maintain low distance.
We continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it's their turn so we can begin to take steps back to our daily lives safely, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a statement that accompanied the guidance change. Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.