President Joe Biden’s Administration announced a new goal in May. By July 4, 70 percent of individuals in the United States would have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with 160 million fully vaccinated. At the time, vaccination rates were on course to reach, if not exceed, this target. However, vaccination rates had slowed to less than half of what they were when the announcement was made, and the government fell millions of people short of its goal.
Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States had gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of July 4, and about 157 million individuals had been fully immunized. However, coverage varied greatly among various groups. As vaccination efforts pause, huge gaps between those who have been vaccinated and those most afflicted by the coronavirus remain.
However, the disparity has begun to close during the last few weeks, as Black and Hispanic people have accounted for a more significant share of immunizations. However, among those who have been vaccinated, those who have been most affected by Covid-19 are underrepresented. White Americans account for roughly half of all Covid-19 cases in the United States, but more than 60% of those have been vaccinated. The most concerning discrepancies are found among communities that have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 but are underrepresented in vaccines.