One hundred million people in the United States are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Friday.
“These are 100 million Americans with a sense of relief and peace of mind knowing that after a long and difficult year they are protected from the virus, knowing that their decision to get vaccinated not only protects themselves, but also protects their families, friends and communities, ”he said.
The country has distributed 237 million doses and 55% of adults have now received at least one dose.
The vaccination campaign in the United States got off to a precarious start in December, but the vaccination rate increased rapidly in the spring.
The vaccination rate peaked in early April and is now slowing, as many people who wanted to be vaccinated have already received it.
Health groups are now trying to help people who have encountered barriers to access or who still have questions about whether to get vaccinated.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Republicans remain more likely to say “definitely not” to a vaccine, with 29% saying they will never be vaccinated, compared to 5% of Democrats and 9% of independents.
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