One in three adults in America have one dose of COVID vaccine

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People in line to get a COVID vaccine shot (Nexstar, file)

BOSTON (SHNS) – One in three American adults has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the White House’s COVID-19 response team.

Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt said Wednesday that 84 million people have gotten at least one dose, and 45 million have been fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, he said, 70 percent of Americans age 65 and older have received at least one shot.

He said the White House informed governors Tuesday that 27 million doses will be allocated across all vaccine distribution channels this week, with two-thirds going to states for them to distribute.

Responding to a question about whether the country was “turning the corner” on the pandemic, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “We are at the corner. Whether or not we’re going to be turning that corner still remains to be seen.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that about 13 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and “We need to be much higher than that to feel like we have adequate protection around this country.”

Walensky said she’s concerned by footage showing people on spring break and “not continuing to implement prevention strategies.”

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