The number of American nationals receiving their first dose of coronavirus vaccine on a daily basis is at the lowest level since the shots initially rolled out in 2020 mid-December, excluding weekends and holidays, raising concerns of decreasing vaccination trend in spite of large swathes of the U.S. being dangerously vulnerable to novel outbreaks as the infectious Delta coronavirus variant spread all over the country.
According to the 7-day average from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 324400 people received their initial dose of coronavirus vaccine on 15th June. It is the lowest 7-day average for recipients receiving the first dose since 29th December, when 319843 people received the first dose, excluding weekends and holidays, which probably report the lowest numbers.
Whereas in actual terms, initial-shot vaccinations are at their lowest level during the whole vaccination campaign, with 327270 people reported to took their initial dose on 14th June, the lowest number since 17th December, three days after the first Pfizer dose given. Furthermore, the statistics are also just a fraction of what that administered in early April when some days saw more than four million shots given out.
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53% of the United States Population Received their First Vaccine Dose
The officials not reported the fall by individuals receiving their second dose – the daily total roughly mirrors the trend for the 1st shots – nor a lack of possible receivers, and only fifty-three percent of the population in the U.S. received their 1st dose, and five states not passing forty percent.
Since April, vaccination rates across the country have declined, with several states falling vaccine shots and existing stockpiles near the expiration as supply massively surpass demand. High rates of vaccine hesitancy and problems accessing healthcare facilities identified as notable barriers in achieving the targets of high-level vaccination, which according to experts, may have to cover up to ninety percent of the population to attain a protection level needed to disrupt the transmission of the virus.
Additionally, the inability of the United States to make use of its vast vaccine stockpile – despite governmental incentives that include million-dollar lotteries, guns, and fast food – observed weakly on the international stage, especially several nations are unable to vaccinate their most vulnerable citizens. On the other hand, high immunization rates don’t guarantee protection against coronavirus.
Some of the most inoculated countries of the world – several with vaccination rates are far greater than the United States – are facing some of the worst outbreaks. Moreover, the dangerous Delta variant of the virus now accounts for nearly all cases in the United Kingdom, which is suffering a surge in cases driven mainly by young and unimmunized people. The COVID-19 variant is also responsible for a growing percentage of cases in America. Moreover, the CDC says it is probably to become the dominant strain in the coming days.