Anna Mendez, LPN, gives Vern Henderson a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic established by Healthcare Network in Immokalee, Florida on May 20, 2021.
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More than 50% of the US population have had at least one Covid shot, federal data shows, as the nationwide case numbers continue to decline.
Moderna filed for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. Surveys have shown that FDA approval could inspire more people to receive the vaccine, which is currently available in the US market under emergency approval.
The seven-day average of new infections every day fell below 20,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, although many states have not reported data due to the Memorial Day holiday.
US percentage of vaccinated population population
The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 50.5% of Americans have received at least one dose and about 41% are fully vaccinated.
Of those over the age of 18, around 63% have received one dose or more. President Joe Biden’s goal is to increase that number to 70 percent by July 4th.
Covid cases in the USA
25 states and territories didn’t release Covid data on Monday due to the holiday, according to Hopkins, bringing the seven-day average of daily infections below 20,000 for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.
Cases may tick up in the coming days as states report backward data from vacation.
Before the bank holiday weekend, the number of cases in the US had been falling for weeks.
US vaccine shots given
The latest seven-day average vaccine administered, also affected by lack of holiday weekend data, is 1.3 million vaccinations administered.
Covid deaths in the US
The last seven-day average of Covid deaths in the US is 607, Hopkins data shows, reflecting the lack of Memorial Day coverage for many states and territories.
The latest trend in the daily death toll in the US is made even more complicated by audits where state health officials assign a number of previously unreported cases or deaths to a single day, even if they occurred previously. Oklahoma and Maryland each added hundreds of deaths to their pandemic totals last week, all of which were reported for a single day.