U.S. almost at halfway mark for adults getting at least one COVID-19 vaccination

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As vaccinations continue across the country, the U.S. is inching closer to a big milestone in the battle against the coronavirus.

The White House reported that by the end of this weekend, close to half of all American adults will have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported about 42% of the U. S. population over 18 years old have got at least one shot of the vaccine.

But the head of the CDC said people still need to remain on alert as the virus continues to spread.

“We need to continue to accelerate our vaccination efforts and to take the individual responsibility to get vaccinated when we can,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Health officials stress continuing to wear masks, practicing social distancing and taking other COVID-19 safety precautions remain vital to fighting the virus and ending the pandemic.

The CDC also projected about 20,000 fewer COVID-19 deaths by May 1 than previously predicted.

Overall, in the U.S., more than 556,000 people have died due to COVID-19.