Federal health officials said on Friday that More than 100 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated Against Coronavirus, a milestone that accounts for nearly 40 percent of the country’s adults. But concern is still growing among health officials about reaching more people who have not received shots.
100 million is roughly double what the nation recorded at the end of March. The federal government also shipped its 300 million dose this week, according to Jeffrey De Zentes, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator.
The Biden administration has begun a critical phase of a vaccination campaign that requires finding ways to vaccinate those who remain hesitant or skeptical, or have had difficulty getting a vaccine. At a White House press conference on Friday, officials repeatedly asserted that the “next stage,” as Mr. Zentes pointed out, called for meaningful, local and personal efforts. President Biden recently called for employers to give workers grants Paid leave to be vaccinated.
Polls They show that vaccine resistance is even more deeply rooted Among the eggs Those who live in rural areas, especially those who vote Republican, or describe themselves as Evangelical Christians. Campaigns It has targeted black and Latino communities, and has made impressive gains, although public health experts say the obstacles to access deserve a lot of blame for them. The differences observed in their vaccination rates.
As of Friday, service providers are running About 2.55 million doses per day on average, Down about 25 percent from the peak of 3.38 million reported on April 13, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some areas of the country – especially the south – lag far behind others.
The reasons for the slowdown are still not entirely clear. Mr. Zentes acknowledged that the total number of daily vaccinations will now be “moderate and volatile”, and that there will be “a greater balance between supply and demand.” Nearly 30 million doses were shipped this week.
Possible signs Dips The request led some public health experts to fear that public interest would be waning.
“This is one of all those moments on deck, when each of us needs to look around in our communities, our families and our circle of friends, and ask people if they have a plan for vaccination,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General said Friday.
To keep up the campaign’s momentum, officials said the government is working to make it easier for Americans to get vaccinated at doctors’ offices and at traffic sites without an appointment.
“We know that about 80 percent of people trying to make a decision about a vaccine say they want to talk to their doctor about that decision. We’ve heard it loud and clear,” said Dr. Murthy, adding that the Biden administration will say more soon about efforts to get vaccines to people. Through their doctors.
Mr Zentes said that 90 percent of doctors have received at least one dose, citing the statistic as a way to help reassure people about vaccinations.
Dr. Murthy said the government is also working with social media companies to eliminate this problem misinformation About vaccines. Later on Friday, Gene Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that the Biden administration’s approach to countering vaccine misinformation was to “provide the region with accurate information and drown it out” and that it would invest $ 3 billion in public campaigns to that end.
“I think they have a job to do,” said Dr. Murthy. “We still have a lot of misinformation spreading on these sites. It represents a clear and present risk, I think, for people who need protection from COVID and who are likely to get vaccinated.”
Linda Keough contributed to the report.