The number of COVID-19 vaccinations — actual shots in arms — exceeded 100 million in the United States on Friday.
This milestone comes just after President Biden announced that all adults will be eligible for the vaccine by May 1.
Of the more than 100 million doses that have been administered, about 65 million have been the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 35 million have either been the second doses of those vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. About 62% of those age 65 and over have received at least one dose.
Over 7.4 million doses have been administered at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities have dropped 82% since vaccinations began in December, according to the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, an industry group. On Wednesday, the federal government began lifting restrictions on nursing home visits.
The vaccine campaign has been a collaboration of the private sector with all levels of government, first with former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and then with Biden’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
While the vaccination campaign got off to a slow start, nearly 1 million doses were being administered each day by Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Over the last week, an average of 2.2 million doses have been administered each day.
Currently, most states are focusing their vaccines on healthcare workers, essential workers, those age 65 and older, and younger adults with serious health conditions.