Half of U.S. adults now have received at least 1 Covid shot

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WASHINGTON — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one Covid-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

The U.S. cleared the 50% mark for adults just a day after the reported global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million, according to totals compiled by Johns Hopkins University, though the actual number is believed to be significantly higher.

Included in the vaccination total are millions of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine; use of that vaccination has been paused because of six cases of unusual blood clots. More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. Authorities stressed they have found no sign of clot problems with the most widely used Covid-19 vaccines in the United States — from Moderna and Pfizer.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, appearing on multiple TV news shows Sunday morning, said he expected that the J&J shots would resume soon, with warnings and/or restrictions.

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