8 Percent of U.S. Adults Forgoing Second COVID Vaccine Dose

Eight percent of U.S. adults who received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have not returned to receive their second as of Friday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, the Associated Press reported.

This contrasts the CDC's report that more than 99 million Americans—38% of all U.S. adults—are fully vaccinated, while 55% of U.S. adults have gotten their first shot.

"A new CDC assessment that finds fully vaccinated adults 65 years and older were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people of the same age who were not vaccinated," a CDC release said on Wednesday.

"As of April 26, national forecasts predict 158,000-601,000 new #COVID19 cases will likely be reported during the week ending May 22," the CDC tweeted on Thursday.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, urged everyone to get their second dose during a White House press briefing and called it the maximum protection against the disease, AP reported.

The total deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. has reached around 575,000, although daily deaths have decreased since the middle of January from an average of around 3,400 to about 670.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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Eight percent of U.S. adults who received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have not returned to receive their second as of Friday, officials from the CDC said Friday. Above, a prisoner at the Bolivar County Correctional Facility receives a vaccination administered by medical workers with Delta Health Center on April 28, 2021, in Cleveland, Mississippi. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Disneyland in California reopened Friday and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted the big city will be up and running again at full strength by July 1, as the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 closed in on 100 million.

Visitors cheered and screamed with delight as the Southern California theme park swung open its gates for the first time in 13 months in a powerful symbol of the U.S. rebound, even though the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth is allowing only in-state guests for now and operating at just 25% capacity.

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow—a stark contrast to the worsening disaster in India and Brazil and the scant availability of vaccines in many poor parts of the world.

CDC officials also reported Friday that it was anxiety—not a problem with the shots—that caused reactions in dozens of people at vaccine clinics in five states in early April.

Many of the 64 people fainted or reported dizziness. Some became nauseated or vomited, and a few had racing hearts, chest pain or other symptoms. None got seriously ill.

In New York, de Blasio said Thursday he expects to see COVID-19 restrictions lifted and the city "fully reopen" by July 1. He cited rising vaccination rates and decreasing hospitalizations.

"We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength," he said on MSNBC.

However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has maintained throughout the crisis that such decisions are his alone, and he said Thursday he would like to lift restrictions even sooner if possible.

"I don't want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do, we can be reopened earlier," he said.

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Eight percent of U.S. adults who received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have not returned to receive their second as of Friday, officials from the CDC said Friday. Above, Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies next to Dr. Robin Robinson, director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing looking into the effectiveness of vaccines in the wake of a measles outbreak and the exceptionally severe flu season, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 3, 2015. Molly Riley/AP Photo