Half of US adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC says

Half of US adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC says
When people don’t show up for their vaccine appointments, pharmacists and doctors are stuck with extra doses that could end up in the trash if not used before their short shelf-life runs out.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
  • The CDC says half of US adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Close to 130 million Americans by Sunday had gotten at least one shot.
  • The news comes just after the world reached 3 million known deaths from the coronavirus.

Half of American adults had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Sunday, the Associated Press reported, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC reported that 50.4% of Americans 18 or older, or about 130 million people, had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 84 million people are fully vaccinated from the coronavirus, or about 32.5% of the population, the AP report said.

The news comes a day after the known death toll for the coronavirus reached 3 million globally.

More than 566,000 of those deaths were recorded in the US, which has reported the highest death toll of any country.


Brazil follows the US at almost 370,000 reported deaths, and India accounts for 175,000.

President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that all US adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by Monday, April 19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-disease expert, has predicted that children of any age will be able to get vaccinated by 2022.

Fauci has said 70% to 85% of Americans need to be vaccinated for the country to reach herd immunity.