A year later, millions of people in the United States – and billions around the world – have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The pandemic is still with us. But vaccines have saved countless lives, reduced hospitalizations, and helped restore some normalcy to our social activities.
They have also been greeted with skepticism and fear by many who refuse to obtain them. Vaccination warrants have sparked protests, pitted companies against employees and complicated international travel.
And vaccine doses have gone disproportionately to the richest countries, leaving the poorest less protected.
As we celebrate one year of these vaccines, the world is fighting pandemic fatigue and threats of new variants. But hundreds of thousands of people still get vaccinated every day in the United States.
Here is an overview of the Covid-19 vaccines, in numbers:
At least 485 million
Almost 60% of the doses administered were Pfizer / BioNTech, while 38% were the Moderna vaccine. Less than 4% of the doses administered came from J&J.
At least 202 million
Immunization coverage in the United States is increasing by age group. More than 87% of older people are fully immunized, compared to less than 60% of adults under 25 and about half of adolescents 12 to 17 years old.
Racial disparities in immunization persist, but the gaps are not as wide as they were in the early months.
The percentage of eligible people in the United States, including all adults and children aged 5 and over, who have not received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. This represents approximately 73 million people. The CDC notes that early doses may be overestimated in their data because records do not always include enough information to determine whether an injection was given as the first dose, second dose, or booster.
The use of vaccination varies considerably from state to state. More than three-quarters of Vermonters are fully vaccinated, for example, but there are still six states where less than half of residents are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming.
The average number of doses administered each day in the United States.
During the first month of the vaccination campaign in the United States, less than a million doses on average were administered each day. This peaked at around 3.4 million doses per day in mid-April once eligibility expanded to all adults.
The pace of vaccinations dropped dramatically over the summer, but is picking up again, with boosters accounting for more than half of the doses given each day.
The daily rate of boosters has increased rapidly in recent weeks since the Omicron variant was identified.
“After a short period of high demand, the rate of new vaccinations slowed considerably before the Thanksgiving holiday and has continued at a slower pace since,” the report said.
CDC data brings that figure closer to 19%, but the agency notes that early doses may be overestimated. About 10% of children in this age group are fully immunized, according to the CDC.
About 3 in 10
In recent months, the vaccination rate has slowed among adolescents aged 12 to 17, KFF said.
The risk of hospitalization for pregnant women has skyrocketed since the Delta variant became predominant.
The number of vaccines administered worldwide so far.
But despite international efforts, vaccine inequity remains a concern. The World Health Organization has pushed for equal access to vaccines between rich and poor countries, but richer countries still have a much higher vaccination rate.
At least 65%
At least 8.35%
The percentage of people who are at least partially vaccinated in low-income countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sudan, according to the UN. That’s about one in 12 people.