Huge drop in vaccinations threatens Biden’s vow to vaccinate 70% of adults by July 4

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Huge drop in vaccinations threatens Biden’s pledge to vaccinate 70% of adults by July 4: Target for first shot missed by two million last week – delayed by states in South and Midwest

  • Biden has urged 70 percent of US adults to be partially vaccinated by July 4.
  • At the current pace, the administration is unlikely to achieve that goal, as vaccination rates have fallen dramatically in recent weeks
  • Officials last week hoped 4.2 million American adults would receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; only 2.4 million did
  • With officials missing their tentative target by nearly 2 million doses,

Falling vaccination rates threaten President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of American adults get their first COVID-19 shot on Independence Day.

Fewer than 500,000 adults are now getting their first vaccine every day – down from a peak of 3.4 million in April, The Washington Post reports.

Currently, 51.5 percent of Americans — or 170.8 million people — have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. 63.5 percent of adults have had at least one shot.

To reach the 70 percent target by July 4, more than 16 million more citizens over the age of 18 would need to receive their first injection in the next 28 days.

According to The Washington Post, that will now be an arduous task, as officials missed preliminary targets with nearly two million doses last week.

“Only 2.4 million adults received their first injection last week and officials must receive a first dose of 4.2 million adults per week to reach Biden’s target,” the paper reported.

And while the “slowdown is national, with each state deviating at least two-thirds from its peak,” states in the south are dragging total numbers down dramatically.

In Alabama, for example, only 36.2 percent of adult residents have received their first dose of the vaccine.

The Washington Post reports that last week the state had “only four people vaccinated per 10,000 inhabitants.”

Falling vaccination rates threaten President Joe Biden's goal of getting 70 percent of US adults their first COVID-19 shot on Independence Day

Falling vaccination rates threaten President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of US adults their first COVID-19 shot on Independence Day

However, most states on the east and west coasts are faster than expected.

Thirteen states, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, have already vaccinated 70 percent of adults.

Several others, including New York, California and Oregon, have already received their first vaccine dose for nearly 60 percent of adults and are likely to meet Biden’s goal.

To help 16 million more Americans roll up their sleeves, Biden announced incentives, including free Anheuser-Busch beer for 200,000 people and even a visit to the White House.

In addition, pharmacies partnering with the White House will be open 24 hours on Friday and centers will offer free childcare for parents

Late last week, TODAY host Savannah Guthrie asked CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky whether the current pace of vaccinations is enough to meet the president’s goal or whether a push is needed to increase daily numbers.

The CDC director appeared to sidestep the question, saying she expects the incentives to “satisfy” [people] where they are’ by giving people more information and access to shots.

To help 16 million more Americans roll up their sleeves, Biden announced incentives, including free Anheuser-Busch beer for 200,000 people and even a visit to the White House.

To help 16 million more Americans roll up their sleeves, Biden announced incentives, including free Anheuser-Busch beer for 200,000 people and even a visit to the White House.

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to answer questions on Thursday about how the US would meet this threshold, but replied that

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to answer questions on Thursday about how the US would meet this threshold, but replied that “every shot in the arm is a victory”

“I think the count of the number of vaccines in a single day is not necessarily a reflection. We have now launched this push. We expect to be able to reach more and more people,” she replied.

“Every shot in every arm is a victory because that person is now safe and protected from getting COVID-19.”

Guthrie also asked whether the 70 percent benchmark is a target for political purposes or whether there is a public health threshold.

“We know that the more people get one vaccine and then two — get fully vaccinated — the more we’re protected as a nation,” Walensky said.

“We know that the vaccine doesn’t just protect individuals, it protects communities, it protects their families. And so the more people get vaccines… there’s no magic target for herd immunity.

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