US sees big spike in COVID vaccinations

US sees big spike in COVID vaccinations

WEDNESDAY August 11, 2021

The average number of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine per day in the United States has jumped 95% over the past month, according to new data from the federal government.

The daily count fell from 226,209 on July 5 to about 441,198 on August 5. It hit a low of around 218,696 on July 7, but has been climbing steadily in all states since then, CBS News reported.

Adults aged 25 to 39 made up over 25% of Americans who received their first injections in the past two weeks, the largest share by age group, CBS News reported.

Some of the big increases have been in states that were long below the national average for vaccinations.

Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates, but the average rate of new vaccinations has jumped 100%, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBS News reported.

The second largest increase was recorded in Louisiana, where first strokes increased 84%. Alabama and Louisiana are among the states with some of the biggest recent outbreaks of coronavirus. Nebraska and Minnesota were third and fourth in terms of increases in new vaccinations, CBS News reported.

The rise in early vaccinations comes as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase across the country, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Some of these new first doses may have been motivated by a growing list of employers demanding that workers get vaccinated, CBS News reported. Meanwhile, the share of unvaccinated Americans who said they would receive a COVID-19 vaccine “only if necessary” fell from 6% to 3% last month, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The biggest jump in the first doses over the past month has been in children. More than 4 in 10 adolescents, aged 12 to 15, now have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – up 8.5% from the previous month, CBS News reported. The share of older teens who had at least one injection increased 6.5 percentage points over the past month, to 50% nationally.

For older teens heading to college, some 675 campuses now require vaccinations for at least some of their students or staff, according to a tally of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

More information

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about Vaccines against covid.


Robert Preidt and Robin Foster

Medical News
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