Seventy percent of eligible Americans had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday, White House officials said, crediting the success of a massive vaccination campaign to a growing number of vaccine mandates being put in place across the country.
More than 3,500 organizations nationwide have mandated coronavirus vaccines, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Gents said. told reporters Wednesday, including health systems, schools, universities, state and local governments and private businesses.
President Joe Biden first coined the notion of a federal vaccine mandate in July, when he encouraged local businesses and government agencies to staff what they need — since then, the number of eligible Americans has dropped by nearly a third from 97 million Is. Up to 66 million, Ziants said.
The vaccine mandate has helped contribute to a more than 20-point jump in the national vaccination rate, Ziants said, as well as a decline in new coronavirus infections and deaths.
The weekly average for new daily coronavirus infections is down 12% from last week, said US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said during the same Press conference, while the weekly average deaths declined by 5%.
According to the CDC, 187.7 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, representing approximately 56.5% of the population. On Friday, America had given 400 million doses. While mandated areas have seen an increase in vaccination rates, some states have imposed vaccination requirements and “vaccine passports” restrictions. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Monday that bars any entity in the state from requiring coronavirus vaccines, a sweeping move that also applies to private businesses. On Tuesday, the administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said it would impose a $3.57 million fine on Lyon County, which surrounds Tallahassee, after the local government asked employees to provide proof of vaccinations. The state says the action violated Florida’s ban on vaccine passports.