The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the CDC, about 131 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
“The progress that we have made… is due to all of you who have gotten vaccinated, who have contributed not only to your health but to mine and my family’s and my friends and yours, and the health of people who can’t get vaccinated because of their medical condition,” Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor for COVID-19 response, said. “You’ve contributed to our country.”
Nine states have vaccinated 70% of their adult population, according to CDC data. Those states are: New Mexico, Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
25 states and Washington D.C. have fully vaccinated half of their population with one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
The agency designates people as fully vaccinated two weeks after their second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or two weeks after their single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
These updated numbers mean that half of adults are cleared under CDC guidelines to not wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. The agency still recommends those who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask indoors.