90 million Americans receive coronavirus vaccine

Nearly 90 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In hard-hit California, 10 million have received one or both doses. The news comes amid increased warnings that now is not the time for states to let down their guard. Danya Bacchus reports.

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ADRIANA DIAZ: A bright note now in the war against COVID. Nearly 90 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. And in hard-hit California, a milestone: 10 million people have received one or two doses of a vaccine. But the news comes amid increased warnings that now is not the time for states to let down their guard. CBS's Danya Bacchus reports from Los Angeles.

DANYA BACCHUS: Tonight, nearly 10% of Californians have been fully vaccinated. And across the country, the current average of two million shots per day is triple the rate seen at the beginning of this year, bringing hope to many like these grandmothers recently vaccinated in Minnesota.

- I just want to see my babies and keep my family safe.

- Get together with all my grandchildren, it's just going to be wonderful.

DANYA BACCHUS: And this encouragement from the Dalai Lama, who received his first dose this weekend.

DALAI LAMA: More people should have courage to take this injection.

DANYA BACCHUS: With vaccinations up, the race to reopen is on. South Carolina's governor now the latest announcing mask mandate rollbacks. This as a new CDC study of counties that allowed indoor dining found masks led to fewer infections and deaths.

- I can't stand these masks myself.

DANYA BACCHUS: West Virginia bars and restaurants now open at full capacity. But governor Jim Justice stopped short of removing mask rules.

JIM JUSTICE: We know they saved a lot of lives.

DANYA BACCHUS: And Alabama's governor says masks in her state will be optional beginning next month. COVID-19 infections are down across the country, but so is testing.

MARY HAYDEN: Testing is really important for us to understand the state of the pandemic.

DANYA BACCHUS: Health experts like Dr. Mary Hayden, an infectious disease doctor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, worry about losing ground.

MARY HAYDEN: If testing continues to decline, we will not know whether or not cases are starting to increase.

DANYA BACCHUS: How can we beat COVID fatigue?

MARY HAYDEN: We need to sustain what we're doing now, continue to vaccinate like mad. This is just not a time to let up.

DANYA BACCHUS: With California breaking single-day vaccination records, Governor Gavin Newsom just announced that stadiums and theme parks, including Disneyland, can reopen with limited capacity starting April 1. Adriana?

ADRIANA DIAZ: Danya Bacchus in Los Angeles, thank you.