A 12-year-old girl will receive the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine in New York City on May 14, 2021.
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Half of Americans 12 and older will be fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC signed the expanded use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds in mid-May, expanding the age range of the population eligible for vaccination.
The seven-day average of daily U.S. infections was below 15,000 on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, a level not seen since the early days of the pandemic.
US percentage of vaccinated population population
About 52% of the US population have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and 42% are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
These numbers rise to 61% with one or more shots and 50% fully vaccinated for the eligible population 12 and over.
On Tuesday, White House senior medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci that more Americans need to be vaccinated to avoid the Delta variant becoming the dominant strain in the US after the variant outperformed the Alpha strain in new infections in the UK.
US vaccine shots administered
The US reports an average of just over 1 million shots a day over the past week, according to the CDC.
Although the pace has increased in the past few days – which could represent a rebound from a Memorial Day weekend slump – average daily shots have declined somewhat steadily from mid-April highs. At the time, the country was reporting more than 3 million daily vaccinations.
Covid cases in the US
In the US, an average of about 14,400 cases were reported daily for the past week, Hopkins data shows. That number is 17% less than a week ago.
As a sign of the changing nature of the outbreak, Florida and Alabama will no longer report daily Covid cases and deaths as vaccinations rise and states begin moving into the “next phase” of the pandemic.
Covid deaths in the US
The US reports 427 daily Covid deaths based on a seven-day average of Hopkins data.
In the United States, a total of more than 598,000 deaths have been reported during the pandemic.