April 18 (Reuters) – Just more than half of U.S. adults have
now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, data from the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed on
Sunday, with nearly 130 million people aged 18 years or more
having received their first shot.
That figure makes up about 50.4% of the total adult U.S.
population, according to the CDC, marking a milestone for the
country that has seen over 560,000 deaths from the pandemic, the
highest for any single nation, as the government ramps up the
pace of vaccination.
The United States had administered 209,406,814 doses of
COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and
distributed 264,505,725 doses, the CDC said on Sunday.
Those figures are up from the 205,871,913 vaccine doses the
CDC said had gone into arms by April 17 out of 264,499,715 doses
The agency said 131,247,546 people had received at least one
dose, while 84,263,408 people were fully vaccinated as of
On Tuesday, U.S. federal health agencies recommended pausing
the use of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine for a few days after six women
under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the
A total of 7,779,273 vaccine doses have been administered in
long-term care facilities, the agency said.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa