Nearly 2 million Americans have received COVID-19 vaccine

Health officials want to ramp up efforts

As vaccinations continue this week, nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country within the past two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ORLANDO, Fla. – As vaccinations continue this week, nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country within the past two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. officials said their goal was to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of December, though health experts believe that timeline could fall short since the new year is just days away.

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“There’s no doubt about it that things are going a little bit more slowly than we want. I think we really need to ramp up the vaccinations. Get the vaccines out to states but also get the vaccines from the states into people’s arms,” Dr. Ashish Jha with Brown University’s School of Public Health said.

The Trump administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, announced last week the purchase of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer.

According to the Florida DOH vaccination report, 118,764 vaccinations have been administered in the state so far.

In Orange County, data showed 11,963 total people have been vaccinated.

For more Florida vaccine data, click here.


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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!