More than 70% of Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus as of Wednesday (Dec. 1), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As of 9:04 a.m. on Wednesday, 233,207,582 Americans (70.2%) have received at least one dose of a vaccine, per the CDC. Nearly 200 million Americans (197,058,988) have been fully vaccinated, per the report, which is approaching 60% (59.4).
More than 40 million Americans (41,126,064) have received a booster dose, which is 20.9% of the U.S. population. The CDC recommends everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot.
The federal government agency also recommends children ages 5-and-up should get the Pfizer-BionNTech vaccine. Only those 18 and older should get the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines, according to the CDC.
Out of the roughly 28 million children ages 5 through 11 in the U.S., about 2 million of them have caught the virus. This age group has experienced more than 8,300 COVID-related hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths as of mid-October, the CDC reports; COVID-19 now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the nation for children ages 5 through 11.
Unvaccinated children ages 2 years and older should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t live with, per the CDC.
Cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) have been reported after Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination of children ages 12-17 years, but the CDC reports these reactions are rare; in one study, the risk of myocarditis after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech in the week following vaccination was around 54 cases per million doses administered to males ages 12-17 years.