Less Than Half Of Americans Are Fully Vaccinated, As Delta Variant Spreads

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A slight majority of Americans are not protected against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says just over 163 million people are fully vaccinated. That breaks down to 49.1 percent.

Right now, 44.3 percent of South Carolinians are fully vaccinated and 46 percent of North Carolinians are fully vaccinated. And there is still an increase in COVID cases due to the Delta variant. More than 50 health care groups have joined forces to issue a joint statement calling for health care employers to mandate COVID vaccines for employees. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases says, “Since we have 50% of the country that not fully vaccinated, that’s a problem. Particularly when you have a variant like Delta, which has this extraordinary characteristic of being able to spread very efficiently.”

The CDC says just 20 states have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents. Alabama and Mississippi are the only two states where less than 35 percent of the residents are fully vaccinated.

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