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White House announces 100 million Americans have now been fully vaccinated

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 16, 2021 medical worker Robert Gilbertson loads a syringe with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to be administered by nurses at a vaccination site at Kedren Community Health Center, in South Central Los Angeles, California. – US pharmaceutical firm Moderna said on April 29, 2021 it expects to increase global production of its Covid-19 vaccine to up to three billion doses in 2022. The company said in a statement that it would make new funding commitments to increase supply at its manufacturing facilities. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the White House, 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, meaning one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two shots of the others.

The major announcement was made Friday morning. The 100 million fully vaccinated individuals make up nearly 40 percent of the US adult population. The CDC also highlighted that fully vaccinated people can go outside without a mask on. Th White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients announced, “Today we reached a major milestone in the number of Americans who are fully vaccinated. That’s a hundred million Americans with a sense of relief and peace of mind, knowing that after a long and hard year, they’re protected from the virus.” Zients also added that 300 million shots have been distributed and 220 million people have been inoculated.

The Biden administration is now focused on the next stage of the plan. They want to reach out to people who have not yet been vaccinated, increase access, and “debunk myths” about the vaccine. So far 55 percent of adults have had at least on dose of the vaccine. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has also stated that the administration has been reaching out to conservatives by putting vaccine ads on NASCAR and Country Music Television.

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