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Americans are receiving vaccinations against COVID-19 at a record high since last spring, Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 response coordinator told reporters at an on Tuesday news briefing.
In the last week, 12.5 million total COVID shots were administered, Zients said, the highest number since May.
The White House stated that Thursday was a very busy day for vaccinations, with 2.18 million doses given. This included 1.04 million booster shots, 67,000 fresh vaccines, and 186,000 children aged 5-11 years old who were fully immunized.
“We’re currently vaccinating people in quantities that we haven’t seen since spring,” Zients said. “And this is a significant step forward as we move into winter and face the new Omicron variant.”
Zients said that the booster program is growing in popularity. Zients noted that 7 million booster shots were administered in the last week, more than any other day.
Health officials say the introduction of the Omicron variant appears to have spurred people to get vaccinated. That variant has been detected in more than 50 countries and 19 states, with that number expected to grow, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said at the news conference.
She stated that the Delta variant is a major issue and is responsible for over 99 percent of cases currently being discovered in the United States.
“Right right now, we’re experiencing approximately 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States,” Walensky stated. “We must act together in this moment to address the impact of the current cases we’re encountering, which are mostly Delta and to prepare ourselves for the possibility of more Omicron.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 71.4 percent of the U.S. population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine since the first one was authorized in mid-December 2020.
According to the CDC, 60.4% of the population has been fully vaccine-vaccinated. 24.4% have received booster shots.
The figures are higher among seniors over 65 who are the most vulnerable. The CDC states that 99.9 percent of older adults have had at least one dose. 86.9% are fully vaccine-free and 48.6% have gotten an additional booster.
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