- Nearly two million booster shots were distributed last week, according to reports from White House officials
- More Americans Got Booster Shots Last Week Than First Vaccine Shot, Two Million, 1.6 Million
- The shots received authorization from the FDA for all Americans over the age of 65 or those at high risk from the virus on Sept. 22
- The White House plans to have all Americans eligible for the booster on September 20, although regulators did not approve.
Millions of Americans rolled up their sleeves after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
The third shots of the Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine were granted emergency use authorization on September 22 for people 65 or older, or 18 and older, who are at high risk of serious complications from the virus because of underlying conditions or their jobs. .
Between September 22 and September 29, the White House reported that nearly two million people received boosters.
The shots were in high demand after the White House announced plans to roll out the booster by September 20, although regulatory hurdles prevented the shots from being available until a few days later.
According to the White House, nearly two million Americans received Covid boosters last week. Altogether over 50 lakh boosters have been distributed, most of them to people above 65 years of age. Image: An elderly woman receives a shot of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on March 10 in London, England.
White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Ziants announced the marker during a news briefing on Friday.
“As we do not vaccinate, we are also increasing protection for vaccinated Americans through booster shots,” he said.
‘We estimate that by the end of the day, about two million Americans will have rolled up their sleeves and received a booster shot. Nearly two million booster shots in the first week.’
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.6 million Americans received the first dose of a COVID vaccine series between September 25 and October 1.
This means that the rate of Americans getting booster shots is higher than the number of people getting vaccinated for the first time.
The White House plans to make the booster shot available to all Americans starting Sept. 20, eight months after receiving their second shot.
Many health experts and officials opposed the move, however, wanting the government to focus on unvaccinated people around the world to prevent the development of new virus forms.
As some sort of compromise, the FDA and CDC declined to authorize shots for all Americans, and instead only for those considered most at risk from the virus.
The CDC reports that more than 5.2 million booster shots have been administered in the United States as of Monday morning.
According to government figures, more than half, 3.3 million, of those boosters have been given to someone over the age of 65.
Some of these shots came before the authorization of the booster, as officials made a third shot available to some immunocompromised people in late August.
There are also unauthorized shots being distributed by many health care providers.
The Pfizer booster shot has been administered 3.9 million times, and Moderna Vaccine’s 1.3 million booster shots have also been distributed.
Across the United States, 65 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine – available to everyone 12 years of age or older.
About 56 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.
The CDC has not yet changed the definition of full immunization and people who have completed one vaccine series — regardless of their eligibility for an additional shot — are considered fully immunized.
New cases of the virus are starting to drop again, with the US now recording nearly 100,000 infections per day, a 50 percent drop from 150,000 per day in mid-September.