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Millions of Americans are skipping their second dose of COVID vaccine

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A CBS News poll finds just more than half of the people surveyed are hesitant to get a shot and feel more testing is needed. Meanwhile, the CDC says more than 5 million Americans have not received their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Lilia Luciano reports.

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JERICKA DUNCAN: We begin tonight with new concerns about America's vaccine supply. There is enough to go around, but vaccinations are slowing as cases remain high. This week, President Biden will mark 100 days in office, and most Americans, including Democrats, Republicans, and independents, approve of the way he's handled the distribution of vaccines. As of today, more than 53% of American adults have gotten at least one shot. More than 36% are fully vaccinated. CBS's Lilia Luciano leads us off tonight from Los Angeles, where it's becoming easier to access those shots.

LILIA LUCIANO: Jericka, here at LA's Forum, they're offering vaccinations without appointment to anyone 16 or older. You just drive up and get your shot. Officials are trying to make it easier so Angelenos won't skip on getting a dose.

Shorter lines at an LA supersite, as one third of Californians are now fully vaccinated. But the US may soon find that vaccine supply is greater than the demand for shots.

SCOTT GOTTLIEB: There are people who are clearly vaccine hesitant, people who are skeptical of vaccines, worry about the safety of vaccines. I think some portion of those people we can reach with better education.

LILIA LUCIANO: Tonight, a CBS News poll finds just more than half of the people surveyed who are hesitant to get a shot feel more testing is needed. 40% of those reluctant worry about side effects, 36% about blood clots, and 35% don't trust the government. Also concerning, more than 5 million Americans have skipped getting their second dose, according to the New York Times. Dr. Tom Kenyon, former CDC director of Global Health.

TOM KENYON: The fact that 8% of Americans have missed their second shot is, of course, concerning, but it's not unexpected.

LILIA LUCIANO: Is it too late for people who just missed their second shot? How long after can you still take it?

TOM KENYON: The answer is get it as soon as you can. We say up to six weeks.

LILIA LUCIANO: And tonight, after the pandemic put Hollywood on hold, the Academy Awards return, the show taking place at LA's historic Union Station, with stars in COVID-conscious seating. And there will be no [INAUDIBLE], with producers relying on satellites to unite nominees.

There will be just 170 people, instead of the usual 3,000, inside for the Oscars. Back here at LA's Forum and other LA County sites, vaccinations without an appointment will continue through Monday, depending on vaccine supply. Jericka.

JERICKA DUNCAN: Lilia Luciano reporting for us in Los Angeles tonight. Thank you.