15 Dec COVID Key Statistics
We at the BCAC understand that each of us have to make serious choices about our behavior as we try to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from the still deadly COVID pandemic. Understanding accurate and relevant data is a big part of our decision-making process. Here are some statistics that might help you to understand where we are and the challenges that we face going forward:
- 5.3 million people have died of COVID Worldwide.
- 800,000 people have died in the United States.
- 8.5 Billion does of vaccine have been administered world-wide with unprecedented safety and effectiveness in preventing serious illness and death.
- 485 million doses have been administered in the U.S.
- More than 200 million people of all ages in the U.S. are fully vaccinated…about 61% of the total population.
- Two million vaccine doses are being administered each day in the US and booster shots account for more than half of the doses administered each day.
- Vaccination coverage in the US increases by age group. More than 87% of seniors are fully vaccinated, compared to less than 60% of adults under the age of 25 and about half of adolescents age 12 to 17.
- Approximately 17% of children 5-11 have received at least one dose of vaccine to date and approximately 10% are fully vaccinated.
- The percentage of eligible people in the US, including all adults and children ages 5 and over, who have not received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is 23.4% or approximately 73 million people.
- Racial disparities in vaccination persist, but the gaps are not as wide as they were in the early months as more people of color are now choosing to be vaccinated.
We at the BCAC are dedicated to saving Black lives, and all lives, from this pandemic. The facts are clear regarding the consequences of this pandemic. This is a deadly disease that disproportionally impacts people of color. Despite the misinformation and conspiracy theories that swarm across social media, the facts are that billions of vaccine doses have been administered to people all around the world safely and effectively. The US has done a lot to get it’s population vaccinated but we still have a ways to go. And now, the Omicron variant makes the job of adding boosters to the vaccine protocols an urgent priority.
This is a worldwide pandemic that affects human beings everywhere. This is not a threat that can be viewed through the narrow prism of racial relationships in the US. COVID does not care about race or nationality. It job is to kill human beings. Period. We care about Black lives and believe that Black Lives Matter. Please do your part to protect our communities: get vaccinated, wear your masks routinely, maintain physical distance, and be faithful in hand washing.