President Biden has fallen short of his July 4 goal of having at least 70% of adult Americans at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the CDC, 67% of adults in the country had received at least one vaccination shot as of Saturday. Still, President Biden pointed to the millions who have received injections as evidence that the U.S. is recovering. “This Fourth of July, America is back,” Biden said in a tweet Sunday morning. “We’re headed into a summer of joy – of freedom – thanks to the millions of Americans who stepped up to get vaccinated. To the frontline and essential workers who have made this day possible: thank you.”
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That percentage is much higher among older Americans, with 88.3% of those 65 and older having received at least one dose. In terms of total numbers, that amounts to just under 157 million people (47.3%) in the U.S. being fully vaccinated, and more than 182 million (54.9%) having had at least one dose.
Whitehouse Chief of Staff Ronald Klain tweeted on 22 June 2021 that his target had already been reached. 150 million Americans fully vaccinated, 70% of everyone over 30 with one shot — and more to come before July 4th.