Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Rate of vaccinations slowing down in US, CDC says

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The United States is at a critical crossroads in the effort to vaccinate Americans and reach herd immunity.

The White House says some 200 million citizens have gotten at least one dose of a COVID shot.

However, the CDC says the rate of vaccinations is slowing down, even though hospitalizations and infections are ticking up in parts of the country.

Some vaccination sites in Texas and Florida that once had long lines are now a virtual ghost town.

Vaccination numbers have been falling for about the last 9 days.

Last week the US was averaging about 3.35 million shots a day and now the average is just over 3 million.

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The pace of vaccinations in the city has slowed down from 114,000 doses administered on April 8 to just 34,000 on Wednesday.

The Bronx Rising Initiative is running pop-up locations with the hope that improved access will help convince holdouts in the hardest-hit borough.

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Alaska is joining a lawsuit already filed by Florida against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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