About 40% of the United States population is considered “up to date” on Covid-19 vaccination, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the agency is working to “pivot” its language around what it means to be fully vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, offered this explanation of what “up to date” means in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday:
“If I was not vaccinated at all and I got vaccinated tomorrow, two weeks to a month from now, I would be at my optimal degree of protection, and that would be ‘fully vaccinated.’ However, five months later, if I wanted to be up to date, to be optimally vaccinated, I’d want to get the booster.”
People who are “up-to-date” with their Covid-19 vaccinations include:
- 84.3 million people who have completed their initial vaccine series and gotten a booster dose, about 25% of the total population
- 31.6 million people ages 12 and older who have completed their initial series but are not yet eligible for a booster dose, about 10% of the population. This includes those who completed their initial series of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech less than five months ago or who received the initial Johnson & Johnson shot less than two months ago.
- 5.6 million adolescents ages 5 to 11 who have completed their initial series but for whom a booster shot has not been authorized, about 2% of the population
- 8.5 million people who received their first dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine series within the past month and are not yet eligible to receive a second dose, about 3% of the population
That means about 60% of the US population is not fully protected against Covid-19, as nearly 700,000 new infections are reported each day. Included in that are about 20 million children under the age of 5 who are not eligible to be vaccinated, about 6% of the total US population.
Note: CDC data on Covid-19 vaccinations are estimates. The agency notes that data on people who are fully vaccinated and those with a booster dose may be underestimated, while data on people with at least one dose may be overestimated.