Vermont becomes first state to reach 80% vaccine threshold
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that 80% of its eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Why it matters: Vermont is the first state in the country to reach that threshold. As a result, Scott said he is removing all COVID-19 restrictions.
The big picture: Vermont has led in vaccinations nationwide, and cases have been declining steadily in the state.
- As of June 14, Vermont's 14-day change in cases had declined by 34% and hospitalizations were down by 78%, according to the New York Times.
- 70% of adults in 12 U.S. states have received at least one shot as of June 2, according to CNBC. Overall, 64.4% of U.S. adults nationwide have received at least one dose, according to the CDC.
Yes, but: Vermont's progress on vaccinating the eligible population comes as nationwide vaccination rates continue to wane.
- While the country was averaging about 1 million vaccines administered per day over the last week, that's still significantly less than the peak average of 3.3 million per day in early April, per CNN.
- Additionally, less than half of adults living in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming have received one dose of the vaccine, according to CNN.
- President Biden has set a goal of July 4 for 70% of Americans to have received at least one vaccine dose.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to state that 64.4% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, not all Americans as previously stated.