CDC Says Holidays To Blame For Vaccination Data Lag

CDC data shows more than 2.5 million people have received the first dose, but that's far from the federal government's goal of 20 million.
Posted at 6:19 PM, Dec 30, 2020

Coronavirus vaccination numbers in the U.S. are far lower than promised.  

The CDC's most recent count indicates more than 2.5 million people have received the first dose since Dec. 14. But over 1 million people a day should have been getting vaccinated to reach the government's goal of getting 20 million Americans vaccinated by the end of December. Looking at the data, that’s not going to happen.  

"We certainly are not at the numbers that we wanted to be at the end of December," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said. 

Officials are blaming the vaccine lag on the holidays. 

"I do think that that has impacted a little bit of the rollout of the campaign."

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who leads the CDC's immunization and respiratory diseases department, says the system is lagging behind but that she expects vaccinations to jump rapidly next week.  

Fauci has said 80-85% of the U.S. population would need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. In order to get to 80%, around 263 million Americans would need to be vaccinated.  

The CDC says it's trying to update its vaccine tracker three times a week, except on holidays. That could change in January — moving to a daily update if things run smoothly.