Progress Toward Targets

The WHO set ambitious targets for vaccinating the world which were supported by other global entities and countries. Unfortunately, the world missed the global 10% coverage target (September 2021) and the 40% target (December 2021) and it is widely acknowledged that around 100 countries will miss the 70% target (June 2022).

Many countries have set their own national targets for population coverage, which range from 20% to 95% with varying timescales, but few have met the targets yet. Despite falling short of the targets, progress is being made and vaccinations are steadily increasing in many of these countries (see Figure 5 under Challenges to Reaching Coverage Goals).

Source: WHO CRD, data updated June 16, 2022
Note: Gold bars denote country-set coverage targets. Some countries are shown at >100% because of the administration of booster doses.

In the face of Omicron and its sub-variants, COVID-19 vaccines have successfully reduced hospitalization and death, even while infection rates remain high among vaccinated populations. Given this context, prioritization for full vaccination and boosters should be given to the highest-risk populations, including people over the age of 60, people with comorbidities and suppressed immune systems, and health care workers.

We are able to track vaccination coverage for ages 60+ and for health care workers in many COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) countries but have not yet found public data on coverage among populations with comorbidities or suppressed immune systems. Such information will be important to track over time to follow progress toward high-priority goals. 

Source: WHO CRD, data updated June 16, 2022

As more of the global population completes primary vaccination, and as protection wanes with time, it is also important to track progress in administering booster doses. Policies on boosters and which populations are eligible for them vary by country and are not easily tracked, but WHO does provide data on boosters administered per 100 people. This metric is more appropriate for boosters than percent of population since some countries are already offering.

Source: WHO & OWID, data updated June 16, 2022