Updated Jun 15, 2021 - Health

Vermont becomes first state to reach 80% vaccine threshold

Image of a COVID-19 vaccination record card and a sticker that says, "I got my covid-19 vaccine!"
A COVID-19 vaccination record card and an "I got my COVID-19 vaccine!" sticker. (Photo by: Don and Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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.

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