US vaccine take-up plummets as one state offers recipients chance to win guns


Only 500,000 Americans are currently receiving a dose of a Covid vaccine each day (Picture: AP)

The number of people receiving a Covid vaccine in the US has fallen to its lowest level since January – threatening Joe Biden’s promise to vaccinate 70% of America’s adult by July 4.

Vaccine take-up rates are plummeting across the US with less than 500,000 adults now being vaccinated each day – down from a peak of 3.4 million in April. The slowdown is being led mainly by southern states like Alabama, for example, where only 36.2% of its adult residents receive their first dose of a vaccine.

In the state, last week, just four people per 10,000 residents got vaccinated, it has been reported.

The nationwide slump in people stepping forward to receive a jab has placed doubt over whether or not the Biden administration will succeed in its goal to have 70% of Americans vaccinated with one dose by Independence Day.


Thomas Cooper, 83, of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., guided by caregiver Kevin Roma, receives a COVID-19 vaccine by Family Nurse Practitioner Teresa Leary, of Owego, N.Y., at a pop-up clinic at the American Civic Association (ACA) in Binghamton, N.Y., Friday, March 19, 2021. The ACA, a community based entity that has served immigrants, refugees and the underserved for several decades, hosted UHS medical services in their community room so members of the community would have an alternative location to get coronavirus vaccines. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Thomas Cooper, 83, of Chenango Bridge, New York, receiving a Covid vaccine at a pop-up clinic in March (Picture: AP/Craig Ruttle)

Currently, 51.5% of Americans – or 170.8 million people – have received a first dose of a vaccine. Those figures include children aged over 12 meaning that when counting just adults, 63.5% have had at least one jab.

In order to reach Biden’s 70% goal percent goal, 16 million more adults will need to have their first shot in the next 28 days.

But fears are growing that the White House will fall short of the target after officials missed their vaccine administration target by almost two million doses last week.

Only 2.4 million adults got their first shots last week, reports The Washington Post. Officials now believe a huge 4.2 million people will need to be vaccinated every week to meet Biden’s July 4 target.

Every state’s vaccination rates are down by at least two thirds since their Spring peaks, official figures show.

While the southern states fall behind on targets many others around the country surge ahead of expectations. Thirteen states, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, have already vaccinated 70% of adults. 

Others, including New York, California and Oregon, have already jabbed almost 60 percent of adults at least once.

The drop-off in take-up comes as more US states introduce lottery-style competitions in the hope of enticing more people to come forward for their vaccine.


FILE - In this April 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, in Washington. In April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations around the globe are still waiting to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Joe Biden speaking about Covid vaccine targets at the White House, in Washington (Picture: AP)


Marx Johny Gerez, of Binghamton, N.Y., who was living in Venezuela until just over a year ago, speaks with Physician Assistant Judy Andrews before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic at the American Civic Association (ACA) in Binghamton, N.Y., Friday, March 19, 2021. The ACA, a community based entity that has served immigrants, refugees and the underserved for several decades, hosted UHS medical services in their community room so members of the community would have an alternative location to get coronavirus vaccines. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Marx Johny Gerez, of Binghamton, New York, who was living in Venezuela until just over a year ago, receives a Covid vaccine at a pop-up clinic (Picture: AP/Craig Ruttle)

Ohio is offering five people the chance to win $1 million each for getting a vaccine while the President has said he’ll give away free beer to vaccine recipient.

In West Virginia, meanwhile, officials have promised to give away a range of guns to some people who take up a vaccine in the state.

On Sunday the US reported 376 new deaths due to Covid, down from the seven-day rolling average of 437. 

Meanwhile, 13,908 new infections were reported across the country, also down on the seven-day rolling average of 14,592. 

In total, 597,628 Americans have died from Covid while more than 33.3 million have been infected.

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