April 12, 2021 -- The U.S. hit a record high of administering 4.6 million doses in one day on Saturday, and health officials want that number to continue to climb.
“Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record!” Cyrus Shahpar, MD, the COVID-19 data director for the White House, wrote in a post on Twitter.
“More than 500K higher than old record last Saturday,” he said. “Incredible number of doses administered.”
The U.S. has shipped almost 238 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 119 million people have received at least one dose, according to the latest CDC tally updated on Sunday. More than 72.6 million people, or almost 22% of the population, are considered fully vaccinated.
“To end this pandemic, this is what we have to do — we’ve got to step up and help protect one another,” Vivek Murthy, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, said during a White House briefing on Friday.
“That’s why today I’m asking everyone to do two things: One, get vaccinated as soon as you can,” he said. “And two, help the people you care about get vaccinated as well.”