But while the adult population is being inoculated, experts continue to pay attention to children who have not yet been vaccinated.
Dr. Ricina Bickett, assistant medical director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told CNN that children make up nearly 25 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the United States.
“As adults are vaccinated and become more protected and immunized against the virus, the virus is still in the community looking for a vulnerable host, and pediatric patients are responding to that description,” Bickett said.
Children 12 and older can receive the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, and promotion efforts have already begun in the race to protect eligible teens.
“I wanted to come get my vaccine because it would be good for me because of the summer and also because I have to go to school,” 14-year-old Aalia Jennings told CNN that she had received her first dose of the vaccine. on Friday in New York.
On June 10, vaccine advisers will meet with the U.S. Federal Drug Administration to discuss the authorization of Covid-19 vaccines for children 11 years of age and older.
We are not there yet, but we are getting closer
Although less than half of the entire U.S. population is fully vaccinated – about 42% – there is progress in the way people feel about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their lives.
“Almost all demographic subgroups of the population show major changes since last fall in reports that their lives are returning to normal,” the study said.
The United States averaged about 14,300 new cases a day in the past week, up from nearly 71,300 daily in mid-April, according to Johns Hopkins University. During the peak of infections in the country last winter, the average daily value of new cases has eclipsed 250,000.
States are noticing progress. Mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts will begin closing this month, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release, noting that 79 percent of adults have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
This week, New Jersey passed a bill to end a public health emergency triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic as restrictions on group gatherings across the state were lifted.
Hawaii, meanwhile, has taken steps to loosen some of its restrictions as it reaches an important stage in the vaccine. Gov. David Ige said Friday that he was lifting all restrictions on travel between counties on June 15, saying 52 percent of the state’s population had been fully vaccinated.
“The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our stable vaccination and the community that has sacrificed and done what it had to do in the last year and a half to stop the spread of Covid-19,” Ige said.
Companies are pushing for a return to normal
President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by July 4 has proved at least difficult, and states are offering incentives ranging from scholarships to lotteries to boost demand for vaccines.
Now enter free beer.
This week, Anheuser-Busch merged with the White House, promising a round of free beers for those aged 21 and over if the country achieves its goal.
“Anheuser-Busch will buy the next round of American beer, seltzer, soft drink or other AB product,” the company said in a statement.
The company does not require vaccines for passengers, but those who are not inoculated “will be required to pass tests and follow other protocols,” the company said in a news release.
“That’s it. Vacationers can finally plan to spend their precious time this summer and really get away with what has been a challenge for everyone,” Michael Bailey, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement. .
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Ariel Edwards-Levy, Polo Sandoval, Malika Kalingal, Elizabeth Joseph and Andy Rose contributed to the report.