In the last two weeks, the rate of vaccinations has declined. Vaccinations reach a high on April 16, when the seven-day average was over 3.3 million. It is now at about 2.5 million, a decline of 24%.
First-time vaccinations have fallen an even faster 42%, from nearly 2 million on April 13 to less than 1.1 million today.
The biggest success story so far has been the vaccination of seniors, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to contracting severe cases of COVID-19 and dying from the disease. Nearly 69% of those aged 65 and older have been fully vaccinated. COVID-19 hospitalizations among the elderly reached a peak in early January and have since dropped over 80%, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A recent Washington Examineranalysis found that COVID-19 cases had been falling at a faster rate among seniors than other age groups since the vaccine campaign began in December.
The vaccine campaign has been a collaboration of the private sector with all levels of government, first with former President Donald Trump‘s Operation Warp Speed and then with Biden’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.