Covid-19 vaccinations began a year ago. These numbers show how it’s going
On December 14, 2020, nurse Sandra Lindsay rolled up her left sleeve at a New York City hospital and became one of the first people in the US to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The vaccine was from Pfizer/BioNTech, and it had been authorized for emergency use only three days earlier by the FDA — the first counterblow against a deadly virus that had crippled the country and shut down much of the world. Authorization for Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson soon followed.
A year later, millions of people in the US — and billions around the world — have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The pandemic is still with us. But the vaccines have saved countless lives, reduced hospitalizations and helped restore some normalcy to our social activities.
They also have been greeted with skepticism and fear by many people who refuse to get them. Vaccine mandates have sparked protests, pitted companies against employees and complicated international travel.
And vaccine doses have disproportionately gone to wealthier countries, leaving poorer ones less protected.
As we mark one year of these vaccines, the world is fighting pandemic fatigue and the threats of new variants. But hundreds of thousands of people still are getting vaccinated each day in the US.
Here’s a look at Covid-19 vaccines, by the numbers:
At least 485 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered so far in the United States. Nearly 60% of doses administered have been Pfizer/BioNTech, while another 38% have been the Moderna vaccine. Less than 4% of doses administered have been from J&J.
At least 202 million people of all ages are fully vaccinated in the US, about 60.9% of the total population, according to figures this week from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccination coverage in the US increases by age group. More than 87% of seniors are fully vaccinated, compared to less than 60% of adults under the age of 25 and about half of adolescents age 12 to 17.
Racial disparities in vaccination persist, but the gaps are not as wide as they were in the early months.
23.4% of eligible people in the US, including all adults and children ages 5 and over, who have not received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. That’s roughly 73 million people. The CDC notes that first doses may be overestimated in their data second dose or booster.
Vaccination uptake varies widely state to state. More than three-quarters of people in Vermont are fully vaccinated, for example, but there are still six states where less than half of residents are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming.
2 million doses are administered each day in the US. For the first month of the vaccination campaign in the United States, an average of less than 1 million doses were being administered each day. That jumped to a peak of about 3.4 million doses per day in mid-April once eligibility expanded to all adults.
The pace of vaccinations dropped dramatically over the summer, but is ticking up again, with booster shots accounting for more than half of the doses administered each day.
The daily pace of boosters has risen quickly in recent weeks since the Omicron variant was identified.
16.7% of children ages 5 to 11 in the US who’ve received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
CDC data put that figure closer to 19%, but the agency notes that first doses may be overestimated. About 10% of kids in this age group are fully vaccinated.