The White House announced on Monday that 70 percent of adults in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that 80 percent of adults have received at least their first shot.
Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, disclosed the statistics during a press briefing Monday morning, saying that the U.S. has “hit two important milestones.”
Cyrus Shahpar, the White House COVID-19 data director, said in a tweet that more than 935,000 doses were administered in the past day, including 240,000 initial shots and 571,000 additional doses and boosters.
Zients also announced that by the end of Monday, roughly 20 million Americans will have received Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster dose.
The coordinator said the U.S.’s booster program “is off to a very strong start and continues to accelerate.”
The U.S. reached the 80 percent partially vaccinated number less than a month after the White House announced that 75 percent of adults in the U.S. had received at least one shot.
The milestones come as COVID-19 cases and deaths are trending downward in the U.S., likely due in large part to the highly effective vaccines.