Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

The United States has administered at least one vaccine dose for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to more than 100 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – MARCH 18: Eighty-two-year-old Blonnie Nichols gets her first does of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at First Baptist Church of Highland Park March 18, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. The vaccination site is part of the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force’s effort to partners with all 24 of Maryland’s local health departments to focus coronavirus vaccination efforts on “underserved, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach populations to ensure the equitable delivery of vaccines.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The country hit the 100 million milestone Friday after setting an “all-time record” of nearly 4 million doses administered Thursday, White House Covid-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar tweeted.

Overall, 101.8 million have received at least one dose, which equates to 30.7 percent of the U.S. population, and 57.9 million, or 17.5 percent, were fully vaccinated as of Friday, according to the Covid Data Tracker.

Those aged at least 65 have the highest vaccination rate with 74.4 percent having received the first dose and 53.5 percent are fully vaccinated, the CDC said. The United States, like other countries, has prioritized vaccinating the older population, which is more vulnerable to series effects from the novel coronavirus.

The United States now leads the world in the total number of doses administered, according to Bloomberg’s Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker. But as far as number of doses per percentage of population, the United States still trails at least 10 countries, including Israel, Britain, and Turks and Caicos.

At least 19 states had opened vaccine eligibility to everyone ages 16 and older, as of Friday, with the rest planning to open for vaccination for the same age group soon.

Alabama announced Friday that people ages 16 or older will be able to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, joining more than 40 states that had announced plans to make the vaccine available to all adults in time to meet President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline.

“Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement Friday.

New Mexico, Florida, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee will expand eligibility to ages 16 and older Monday. SOVEREIGNPH

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