At current pace, it could take into 2022, although Biden administration’s efforts and vaccines in development may speed pace
The U.S. has been administering doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since mid-December. As health departments across the country get their vaccination efforts up and running—some more successfully than others—President Biden’s administration is hoping to quicken the process.
As of mid-January, there was an average of almost 900,000 people getting their first doses of the vaccine each day. This pace might change, but based on the recent rate, it might take a year—until January 2022—for every American to get at least one shot, according to data analyzed by The Wall Street Journal.
The projection provides a snapshot at the current trajectory, although it is conceivable that not everyone will receive a vaccine. The projection overstates the current progress because the two vaccines currently approved for emergency use in the U.S.—one made by Pfizer Inc. PFE 0.11% and its partner BioNTech SE BNTX 6.31% and the other developed by Moderna Inc. MRNA 8.53% —require two doses for full vaccination.