The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 816,203 doses were administered on Saturday, the fifth day in a row the agency recorded more than 700,000 shots. That brings the total number of doses administered to 346,456,669, according to CDC figures released on Sunday.
The 7-day average of doses administered is now 662,529 per day, the highest average since July 7.
According to CDC data released Sunday, 168.4 million people are fully vaccinated, or 49.6% of the U.S. population. Among Americans eligible for the vaccine, that is, those aged 12 and older, 58.1% are fully immunized.
Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, hopes the recent increase in the number of cases caused by the Delta variant will change the minds of vaccine-hesitant, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. Collins noted that in the past two weeks, immunization rates have increased 56% nationally.
Overall, the average of 7 days of people fully immunized each day is 247,385 people per day.
Additionally, Saturday was the third day in a row that the 7-day average of people getting their first hits exceeded 400,000. The last time that metric exceeded 400,000 was on the weekend of July 4th.
Yet that measurement is lower than its peak on April 14, when the 7-day average of newly vaccinated people reached nearly 2 million.
Twenty states have now fully immunized more than half of their residents, including Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York , Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. State, as well as Washington, DC.
On the other hand, the states with the lowest percentage of their population vaccinated are Alabama and Mississippi, which have 34% and 35% of their residents vaccinated, respectively.