How Long It Will Take to Get Covid-19 Vaccines to Most Americans

How Long It Will Take to Get Covid-19 Vaccines to Most Americans

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.