The rate of vaccination in the US is improving with an average of 2.2 million shots per day as the first doses are increased

A commuter rolls up his sleeve to get a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination shot at the Grand Central Station Terminal train station in Manhattan on May 12, 2021 in New York City, New York, United States.

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After weeks of declines, the pace of daily vaccinations in the US has improved in recent days.

The country reports an average of 2.2 million shots a day over the past week, federal data shows, which was slightly above Saturday’s most recent low, when it fell below 2 million for the first time since early March.

A key advisory body to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will vote on Wednesday whether to recommend the expansion of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to children ages 12-15. Confirmation is the final step before officials authorize states to open vaccinations for millions of teenagers on Thursday.

US vaccine shots administered

CDC data shows that an average of 2.2 million daily vaccinations were reported in the US over the past week, a 35% decrease from the peak in mid-April but an increase in recent days.

While it’s too early to say whether this recent surge will become a steady trend, the data shows an increase in reported first doses, suggesting that new people are joining a vaccination program.

The totals reported Tuesday also included 150,000 Johnson & Johnson admissions, the highest one-day total since April 15. The last 7-day average of J&J recordings is 106,000 per day, compared to a high of 425,000 in mid-April.

The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told lawmakers at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the pause in the J&J shot due to a rare blood clotting problem didn’t disrupt the U.S. vaccine’s adoption, although some polls have shown low confidence in the vaccine’s safety.

US percentage of the vaccinated population

According to the CDC, more than 46% of the US population has received one or more shots and 35% are fully vaccinated.

If and when states introduce the vaccine for the 12-15 age group, the pace of vaccination could be further accelerated.

US Covid cases

The average daily cases of U.S. Covid continued to fall Tuesday, with the 7-day average around 38,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

For the first time since September, the number of new cases is below 40,000 a day this week.

US Covid deaths

The most recent seven-day average of daily deaths in the US is 608, Hopkins data shows.

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