The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that we're halfway there as a country when it comes to getting vaccinated.
New findings from the healthcare agency indicate that more than half of Americans in 25 states, in addition to Washington D.C. and Guam, are fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus as of May 23.
According to the CDC's data, New England appears to be the most proactive region; Maine currently has nearly 63% (62.9%) of its adult population ages 18 and over fully vaccinated, which is the highest in the country. Vermont is close behind with 62.7% of adults aged 18 and over fully vaccinated.
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The statistics break down the population by age—Population ≥ 12 Years of Age, Population ≥ 18 Years of Age, and Population ≥ 65 Years of Age—to discern the percentage of each group that has received one vaccine dosage or both. Further breakdowns by states are also available.
Which states are 50% vaccinated, according to the CDC?
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
The agency has also revealed that the number of vaccine doses administered per day has increased. In total, nearly 62% of adults in the country have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This news comes on the heels of the CDC's updated face masks guidelines, which came as a surprise to many. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear masks or social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings—with some exceptions. These include public transportation, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, jails, and homeless shelters. Even major retailers are changing their mask mandates.
We're making progress, but we're not entirely out of the woods yet (safe hugging is still encouraged.) Be sure to visit the CDC's website for everything you need to know about Covid-19, and consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
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