President Joe Biden hit his goal 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days Thursday.
It wasn't a stretch: The country hit the goal with seven days to spare, and according to an NBC News analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, from the day Biden announced his new 200 million goal, the country was on a pace to reach that goal.
In Biden's first press conference on March 25, he announced the new 200 million goal. On Jan. 25, Biden had upped his Covid-19 vaccination goal to 150 million shots in arms in his first 100 days in office. Then Jan. 26, shortly after this article was first published, Biden backed away from 150 million and restated his 100 million goal. In the days and weeks before entering office, he said his goal was 100 million vaccinations.
While Biden’s chief of staff had called the 100 million goal “ambitious,” the vaccination rate necessary to reach the mark is not much higher than what the rate was Jan. 20.
The Biden administration has until the end of the day April 29 to reach the target.
Use this graphic to follow whether the country is on track to reach the administration’s goal. Note that total vaccinations given — as in first and second shots, both shots counting individually — are what’s being counted. This is not the same as full vaccinations, which are first and second shots counted as one. Biden specifically mentioned shots in arms in his statements about the goal.
NBC News is publishing a vaccination guide: Plan Your Vaccine.