Nine states have more than 70% of their population totally vaccinated.May 25, 2021, 8:04 PM – 6 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe U.S. passed another major turning point Tuesday in its race to vaccinate the population against COVID-19. Half of U.S. adults– more than 129 million people over 18– are now totally immunized versus the virus, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC data likewise shows that 49.5% of Americans of any ages, roughly 164 million individuals, have at least one vaccine dose.The whole nation opened vaccinations to anyone over 16 in the middle of April, and the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for anybody over 12 almost 2 weeks earlier. Kids under 12 are not yet qualified for coronavirus vaccines.Anna Mendez, LPN, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Vern Henderson at a center set up by Healthcare Network on May 20, 2021 in Immokalee, Florida.As of Tuesday, about 131 million Americans, approximately 39% of the nations entire population, are fully immunized versus the infection, according to the CDC.The White House coronavirus reaction group declared the 50% vaccination threshold at an instruction Tuesday, calling it a “significant milestone” and applauding every American who has played a role.”The progress that we have made … is due to all of you who have actually gotten vaccinated, who have actually contributed not just to your health however to mine and my households and my friends and yours, and the health of people who cant get vaccinated because of their medical condition,” COVID-19 advisor Andy Slavitt stated at the instruction. “Youve contributed to our nation.”Vaccination rates vary amongst the states. There were nine states– New Mexico, Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey and Rhode Island– that had 70% of their adult population vaccinated as of Sunday, according to CDC data.At least 25 states and Washington, D.C., have actually now completely immunized at least half of their adult population with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dosage. These consist of Alaska, California, Maryland, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin.COVID-19 cases and deaths have actually been on a major decline considering that vaccines have been made more readily available to the public.Between April 1 and May 22, the seven-day average of newly reported cases dropped from 65,697 to 25,843, and the seven-day average of recently reported deaths declined from 861 to 556, according to CDC data.Several states have resumed their economies and dropped their mask mandates just for individuals who are fully vaccinated.People gather in Central Park in New York on May 22, 2021. Many states, however, are handling a drop in vaccine demand.The seven-day average of new vaccine administrations was 3 million on April 1, rose to a peak of 3.3 million on April 11 and declined to 1.8 million on May 22, CDC information showed.Health officials and other leaders are encouraging any eligible American to schedule their vaccination appointments as soon as possible to keep decreasing the variety of cases.Anyone who is trying to find an open vaccine appointment can log onto vaccines.gov for more information.ABC News Cheyenne Haslett and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.