There has been a surge in the number of vaccines given to Americans as of Friday, over 1 million, compared to a day before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that close to 991,000 shots were given in the United States, a significant increase compared to the numbers reported in the middle of July, which reached 400.000. More than that, almost 576,000 people received their first shot of the vaccine. At the moment, there are 168.1 million persons who are completely vaccinated, and 198,7 persons who have received at least one dose.
The increase in the number of vaccinations is most likely connected to the surges of COVID-19 that have taken place in many states such as Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Nonetheless, there are also states such as Florida where the number of vaccinations went down even though the state saw a record number of Coronavirus cases.
“Strongest 24 hours of vaccinations since before July 4th. Vaccine requirements and incentives are starting to pay off — as well as the tragedy of seeing so much needless illness and loss due to Delta’s impact on the unvaccinated,” announced Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff.
In order to boost vaccinations, the authorities have resorted to campaigns involving influencers and celebrities. More than that, President Biden has also declared that federal workers should be vaccinated, although they are not forced to do this through a mandate and choose instead to get tested on a regular basis. Some places such as New York City and San Francisco have installed more strict rules for a list of indoor activities that require proof of vaccination in order to allow people to enter. This includes places such as restaurants, gyms or theatres.