In trials, less than half of vaccine recipients reported moderate or severe episodes of side effects such as fever, headache and fatigue. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa
In trials, less than half of vaccine recipients reported moderate or severe episodes of side effects such as fever, headache and fatigue. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

More than 250 million coronavirus vaccine jabs have been administered in the United States as of Thursday, according to figures from the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some 57 per cent of all adults in the country have received at least a first dose of coronavirus vaccine while about 42 per cent of over 18s are already fully vaccinated, according to CDC figures.

Among the higher-risk group of those aged 65 and older, 83 per cent have had a first dose and 70 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Since the start of the vaccine drive in mid-December, a total of 252 million doses have been administered in the US, which has a population of 330 million.

A nurse received the country’s first jab in New York on December 14, 2020.

The US is largely using Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which require two doses to be fully effective. The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also in use in the country.

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