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US COVID-19 vaccine doses above 440 million

Nov. 15, 2021 — The U.S. has delivered more than 440 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide as of Sunday morning, according to the latest update from the CDC.

More than 226 million people have received at least one vaccine dose and 195 million are considered fully vaccinated. More than 29 million have received a booster dose.

Across the entire US population, 68% of eligible people have received at least one injection. 99.1% of the over-65s have been vaccinated.

Of people 18 years and older, 81.3% have received at least one dose. For all eligible people in the US — including ages 12 and older — the vaccination rate is 79.4%.

About 15% of the population has received a booster dose, the CDC data shows. About 35.5% of the over-65s have received an extra injection, followed by 24.5% of the over-50s and 16% of the over-18s.

Nearly 10 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the past week, according to Bloomberg News, the highest number since late May. The numbers have increased due to booster shots, vaccine requirements, and availability of pediatric doses for children ages 5-11.

At the same time, cases of COVID-19 in the US are on the rise. In the week ending Friday, new infections were at their highest point in more than a month, the news channel reported.

Most states see an increase in the number of cases, according to USA today. Infections are on the rise in the Mountain West and North, including in highly vaccinated states like Vermont.

No state has achieved a high enough vaccination rate, even in combination with infection-induced immunity, to prevent the outbreaks now, the news channel reported. The more contagious Delta variant is driving the new outbreaks, and unvaccinated people are responsible for most illnesses and hospitalizations across the country.