According to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70% of Americans aged 65 and over are fully vaccinated.

CDC data shows that an average of 2.1 million vaccinations per day were reported for the past week, up from a high of 3.4 million in mid-April.

At the same time, the rate of new infections continued to decline. About 46,600 new cases are reported daily in the US, based on a 7-day average from Johns Hopkins University data, the lowest since the fall.

US percentage of the vaccinated population

About 45% of Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly a third are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.

These numbers are much higher among seniors, one of the most vulnerable groups for whom vaccination eligibility was opened the earliest. 83% are at least partially vaccinated and more than 70% are fully vaccinated.

President Joe Biden set a goal on Tuesday to get 70% of adults in the US to receive at least one dose of a Covid vaccine by July 4th. By Wednesday, around 57% of adults had done this.

US vaccine shots administered

With 1.8 million vaccinations reported Wednesday, the last 7-day average of daily shots given is 2.1 million per day, according to CDC data.

The rate of reported daily vaccinations has been falling for weeks, down 37% from its peak a few weeks ago.

US Covid cases

The U.S. reports an average of 46,600 new infections per day over the past seven days, an 11% decrease from the previous week, according to Hopkins.

In more than half of the states, the number of cases per day has decreased by at least 5% in the past week.

The CDC said Wednesday that its projections show that US cases are likely to pick up again due to the highly contagious variant B.1.1.7, which peaked in May and then fell sharply in July.

High vaccination rates and adherence to pandemic safety measures “are essential to control COVID-19 and prevent an increase in hospital stays and deaths in the coming months,” the federal health authorities wrote in the report.

US Covid deaths

The latest seven-day US death toll from Covid is 686, according to Hopkins data, and the total death toll over the course of the pandemic is nearly 580,000.