One-half of U.S. adult Americans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday, White House senior COVID advisor Andy Slavitt said in a statement to mark the milestone. And though the mainstream media will never admit it, the milestone was made posssible by President Trump’s Operation Warpspeed.
“Today, the U.S. will hit 50% of adult Americans that are fully vaccinated,” Slavitt said. “This is a major milestone in our country’s vaccination efforts.”
Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia have vaccinated at least 50% of their adult populations, and 9 states have reached 70% of the adult population having at least one dose of the vaccine.
74% of adults over 65 are fully vaccinated, and 128 million adults have been fully vaccinated as well.
Vaccines highly effective
The vaccines have been highly effective so far, with under 10,000 COVID-19 infections reported in those who are fully vaccinated, a rate of .007%.
Clinical trials showed effective rates of 80 to 94% in preventing infection, so these numbers may be underreported, or may be lower because transmission rates have dropped in most areas since the trials were being done.
The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. has fallen to 22,877 per day, a 25% drop in the last seven days. Hospitalizations are also down 18% in the same time period, and deaths from the virus have dropped to 501.
“We are on a good downward path but we are not quite out of the woods yet,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said. “Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining because of the millions of people who have stepped forward and done their part to protect their health and the health of their communities to move us out of this pandemic.”
President Joe Biden has set his next goal at having 70% of adult Americans get at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4. He also wants to see 160 million adults fully vaccinated by that date.
Adolescents ages 12-15 can now get the Pfizer vaccine in the U.S. as well, and Moderna announced Tuesday that its vaccine had tested 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in 12-15 year olds as well.
Vaccination rates have slowed somewhat as the younger generations, who have less risk of severe disease from this virus, have gotten their turn to be vaccinated, and as most of the willing population has now had an opportunity to get them.
In the last poll available, around 20% of U.S. adults said they did not want to be vaccinated at the current time.