The U.S. passed another major milestone Tuesday in its race to vaccinate the population against COVID-19.
Half of U.S. adults — more than 129 million people over 18 — are now fully vaccinated against the virus, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC data also shows that 49.5% of Americans of all ages, roughly 164 million people, have at least one vaccine dose.
The entire country opened up vaccinations to anyone over 16 in the middle of April, and the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for anyone over 12 nearly two weeks ago. Children under 12 are not yet eligible for coronavirus vaccines.
As of Tuesday, about 131 million Americans, roughly 39% of the country’s entire population, are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the CDC.
The White House coronavirus response team heralded the 50% vaccination threshold at a briefing Tuesday, calling it a “major milestone” and applauding every American who has played a role.