US hits vaccination milestone as Florida reports 4,290 new COVID-19 cases

Decision on J&J vaccine expected this week

US COVID vaccine eligibility
US COVID vaccine eligibility

ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. hit a major milestone in its vaccination efforts over the weekend; more than half of all adults in the country have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

On top of that, about a third of all U.S. adults, 84 million, have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The U.S. cleared the 50% mark 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.

The news comes as the country waits for the decision by federal regulators on whether to resume use of the single-dose Johson & Johnson vaccine. In several interviews, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expects a decision when advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet Friday to discuss the pause of J&J doses.

In Central Florida, vaccination efforts are pushing forward without J&J. The FEMA-backed vaccine site at Valencia College West Campus is set to resume administering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.

On Monday, Orange County opened its latest mobile vaccine site at the Silver Star Park Gymnasium at 2801 N. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. The site will be open through Friday. Appointments are needed Monday through Thursday and can be made at this link. Friday will be a walk-up-only event.

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Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:

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