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White House Says It Will Narrowly Miss July 4 Vaccination Goal

  • June 22, 2021

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Monday, just over one-third of adults ages 18 to 39 reported being vaccinated. In that group, those who were either 24 or younger, as well as non-Hispanic Black people and those with lower incomes, less education and no health insurance had the lowest reported vaccination rates and expressed the least interest in getting vaccinated, the report said. They most often cited concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

Mr. Zients said it would take “a few extra weeks” beyond July 4 to reach enough young adults to achieve the goal of 70 percent of adults at least partly vaccinated. But Dr. Fauci stressed that 70 percent “is not the goal line, nor is it the end game.”

A certain percentage of Americans are simply adamantly against the vaccine, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, the chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. “But I think there’s still people out there who are kind of on the fence about it and that’s where our opportunity is,” he added.

In announcing the goal on May 4, Mr. Biden made a personal plea to the unvaccinated, saying getting a shot was a “life and death” choice. According to the latest figures from the C.D.C., 150 million Americans — 45 percent of the population — have been fully vaccinated and 177 million have received at least one dose.

In recent weeks, new infections, hospitalizations and deaths related to the virus have declined sharply nationwide. As of Monday, the seven-day average of new virus cases across the United States was 11,243 cases a day, a decrease of nearly 30 percent over the last two weeks, according to a Times database.

Lazaro Gamio contributed reporting.

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