On the eve of the pandemic’s one year anniversary, there are at last signs that life will return to normal (or something a lot more like it) for Americans. Earlier this week, as the rollout accelerated with the addition of a third vaccine–a one-dose product from Johnson & Johnson—to the effort, the Centers for Disease Control gave fully vaccinated individuals who are two weeks past their final dose the green light to socialize without masks indoors.
As of March 10, nearly one-tenth (9.9%) of the U.S. adult population, a total of 32.9 million people, had been fully vaccinated according to CDC data. 62.5 million individuals, or 18.8% of U.S. adults had received at least one dose of a vaccine, up from 52.9 million a week ago. When it comes to the nation’s at-risk senior population, 61.2% of people 65 and older have so far received at least one dose.
In total, 127.9 million doses of the three available vaccine have been distributed across the country; 95.7 million of those doses or 74.8% have been administered. While the vast majority of fully-vaccinated individuals received either the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (32.4 million people), roughly of 458,000 vaccine recipients have gotten the newly authorized J&J shot. On Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden announced plans to purchase another 100 million doses of the J&J vaccine.
New Mexico now leads the country in terms of the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, at 26.1%. Connecticut and Alaska are next, with 25.8% and 25.7% respectively. Georgia continues to lag other states, with just 13.4% of its population having received the vaccine.
Across the country, new coronavirus cases and deaths due to the disease remain well below their winter peaks, despite the worrying spread of more contagious variant strains in some states.
Share of the population that has received at least once shot
|State or territory||Share vaccinated|
|District of Columbia||14.9%|