Official Statement: Director of the CDC Vaccine

The United States today reached an early but important milestone – jurisdictions have now reported that more than a million people have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the administration began 10 days ago.

In cases where COVID-19 continues to grow across the country, this achievement comes at a critical time and will help protect those who lead in the first place – our healthcare providers treating patients with COVID-19 – as well as our most vulnerable: older people living in nursing homes and ancillary facilities for living.

While we celebrate this historic milestone, we also recognize the challenging path ahead. The supply of COVID-19 vaccines is currently limited in the United States, but supply will increase in the coming weeks and months. The goal is that everyone can be easily vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available.

The CDC, along with DoD and other federal partners, continues to work closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments to combat the spread of COVID-19 and distribute doses of COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to achieve vaccination against U.S. the public.

Vaccination is a critical means of stopping this unprecedented pandemic. But while not every person in the U.S. can get the COVID-19 vaccine, we continue to ask Americans to adopt proven public health strategies, including social distance, good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in public to reduce the risk of transmission and protect our communities. .