Enlarge / FLORIDA, 11/09/2021: A boy offers a nurse a high-five earlier than receiving a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination website for kids aged 5 to 11.
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The White House touted the success of COVID-19 vaccine mandates Wednesday as extra of the nation’s unvaccinated are rolling up their sleeves.
In the final seven days, the nation has averaged 300,000 first doses per day, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients famous in a press briefing as we speak. The weekly whole is the very best in practically a month, Zients added.
Overall, the variety of unvaccinated folks eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine (folks ages 12 and up) has dropped 40 p.c since July. That is, the variety of unvaccinated fell from about 100 million to lower than 60 million.
“The easy reality is that vaccination necessities are working,” Zients mentioned. “Vaccination necessities get extra folks vaccinated, strengthen our economic system, and assist proceed us on our path out of the pandemic.”
In September, President Joe Biden introduced sweeping federal vaccination mandates in an effort get extra folks shielded from the lethal coronavirus. In addition, many state and native governments and employers have issued their very own necessities.
The mandates have been met with authorized challenges and opposition from slivers of employees. Just as we speak, 10 states filed a lawsuit to dam federal vaccination mandates for well being care employees in federally funded amenities. But for essentially the most half, the mandates have spurred excessive charges of vaccination.
In addition to the mandate success, Zients famous hopeful information on booster photographs and vaccinations in kids. Over 25 million folks have now gotten boosters, which can be found to folks in choose teams. And the administration estimates that over 900,000 kids ages 5 to 11 have gotten their first doses, which have been rolled out to them simply final week. An further 700,000 vaccine doses are scheduled for kids at native pharmacies. There are roughly 28 million kids in that age group within the nation, and the administration says it has sufficient provide to vaccinate all of them.
Overall, 79 p.c of individuals 12 and up within the US have obtained at the least one dose, and 68.5 p.c—194.4 million folks—are absolutely vaccinated.