Govt set to fall short of Biden’s vaccination goal

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According to official figures, more than 330 million doses have been administered so far in the US….reports Asian Lite News

As US government-run sites shut down, there will be fewer vaccine locations for the public to choose from. “Among the locations recently closed are mass-vaccination sites at Chicago’s United Center, Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center and a handful of large-scale clinics throughout New York.

“But it also means easier access to shots at retail pharmacies, which no longer require appointments or screen recipients based on need. This winter and throughout early spring, the biggest challenge to vaccine efforts was getting enough supply. But as a large portion of those willing to receive a shot got one, efforts have become more targeted in an effort to reach people who remain hesitant or lack easy access to vaccines,” a Wall Street Journal article said.

According to the report, White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeffrey Zients has said that the 70 pe rcent target, set by Biden in May, had been met for those 30 years old and over but not for the overall eligible population.

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According to official figures, more than 330 million doses have been administered so far in the US.

In the last week, an average of 1.12 million doses per day were administered.

The country’s latest vaccination rate is 1,121,064 doses per day, on an average.

At this pace, it will take another four months to cover 75 per cent of the population.

More than one in 10, amounting to nearly 15 million people, in the US have missed their second dose of the Covid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC data, as of June 16, nearly 11 per cent of people who had sufficient time to get the second dose missed their ideal window.

The number has increased from 8 per cent earlier in the year, but CDC spokesperson Kate Fowlie said the rise was “not unexpected”, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The second shot is recommended three weeks after the first Pfizer-BioNTech shot or four weeks after the first Moderna shot.

Second doses were considered missed if more than 42 days had passed since the initial jab.

People skip their second shots for a variety of reasons, such as mistakenly believing that they only need one dose to be protected.

Some people also want to avoid the sometimes-unpleasant side effects that come with the second dose, and others simply miss their second appointment and can’t or don’t reschedule, the report said.

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