U.S. Expected to Hit 70% Vaccination Milestone Weeks After 4th of July
The U.S. is expected to fall short of President Biden’s goal to have at least 70% of all eligible Americans with at least one COVID-19 shot by the Fourth of July.
The country is expected to reach that milestone a couple weeks after Independence Day.
It comes as fewer people are getting vaccinated against the virus.
Health officials say 79% of Americans 50 and older have gotten at least one shot, but the rate falls to 47% among ages 18 to 24.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the falling vaccination rate is tragic because every death from COVID-19 is now entirely preventable.
Health experts say the Delta variant, first detected in India, is now responsible for 20% of all coronavirus infections in the U.S. That’s double what it was just a week ago.