All Americans 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

As of Monday, all adults in the U.S. are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden had moved up the adult eligibility deadline from May 1 to April 19.
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other news this Monday night. The coronavirus here in the U.S. Half of all adults now have now had one shot of the vaccine and everyone 16 and older is now eligible here in the U.S. In nng New Jersey today, teenagers getting vaccinated, 16 and 17-year-olds. You see the numbers right there. 130,995,000 people have now had one shot. And tonight here, what the CDC is now saying about the temporary pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC director saying they are looking into a small number of additional cases that might be related, though she said not confirmed. Here's ABC's Stephanie Ramos tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a green light for every American 16 years and older to get the vaccine. A moment millions have been waiting for. Finally feel like I can do -- go out with covid and feel safer I feel like it's just the end to this whole crazy past year and I'm just really excited at the first opportunity to get it. Reporter: The country hitting a new vaccine milestone. More than 50% of adults have gotten at least one dose. I feel great, I feel like a weight off my shoulders. Reporter: But covid cases are still hovering around 67,000 a day. Another challenge, there are more people unwilling to get the vaccine in counties with the highest covid rates. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it may take seeing a rise in infections to convince people to get it. They'll look around and say, "Wait a minute. We're getting a lot of infections in our community. Maybe there really is something to this vaccination issue." Hopefully they'll see that before there's too much disease, too much hospitalization, too much death. Reporter: This vaccination event in Phoenix almost canceled after the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. When you're working in communities, diverse communities that have been really devastated by this pandemic and already have hesitancy about getting the vaccine for a lot of reasons, this doesn't help. Reporter: A CDC panel will review Johnson & Johnson on Friday after reports of rare blood clots in six women. The CDC director today revealing they are investigating a few new unconfirmed reports. These have been a handful of cases, not an overwhelming number of cases. We are working through and adjudicating them and verifying whether they do, in fact, reflect a true case. So, let's get to Stephanie Ramos with us tonight. And that cdced a risery panel will immediate on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Friday. In the meantime, I know that Dr. Fauci was asked by our Martha Raddatz whether there was any possibility, any indication that the U.S. Might stop using it altogether. Reporter: David, Dr. Fauci says he does not think that is likely, but he does expect a decision on the j&j vaccine by this Friday. He doesn't expect a complete stop, a recommendation for a stop to the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but he does expect some restrictions going forward based on edge or gender. Some sort of new warning.

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