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Politics Vermont governor lifts restrictions as state becomes first to reach 80 percent vaccinated

20:31  14 june  2021
20:31  14 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that Vermont has become the first state in the country to vaccinate 80 percent of its eligible population of people 12 and older against the coronavirus, and that as a result of the successful vaccination campaign, all remaining pandemic restrictions would be lifted.

Vermont governor lifts restrictions as state becomes first to reach 80 percent vaccinated © getty Vermont governor lifts restrictions as state becomes first to reach 80 percent vaccinated

"Effective immediately, I'm lifting all remaining COVID restrictions. Our work continues, but Vermonters can be proud of what they've done," Scott tweeted.

The White House touted Vermont's progress as it pushes to have the country as a whole reach 70 percent of adults with at least one dose by July 4th, a goal that is in doubt given lagging vaccination rates nationally.

"Yes, Vermont is a small state -- but even so, the fact that they have gone more than a week without a single COVID death, and have only 2 people hospitalized due to COVID in the state -- is a sign of how an aggressive vaccination effort can make a HUGE difference!" tweeted White House chief of staff Ron Klain.

Nationally, 62 percent of people 12 and older have received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When looking at adults 18 and over, the national figure is 64.4 percent, meaning there is progress to be made if the country will hit the Biden administration's July 4 goal of 70 percent.

There are major disparities among the states, though, which generally mirror the red vs. blue political divide.

Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts are at the top of the list with more than 80 percent of adults 18 and older vaccinated, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are at the bottom, with less than 50 percent.

Vaccinated Republicans are going out far more than vaccinated Democrats .
There are fewer new cases of Covid-19 in the US in more than a year. The response from an increasing number of Americans has been to resume a lot of normal activities. © Stephen Zenner/Getty Images BUFFALO, WV - MARCH 26: A Premise Health healthcare worker loads a syringe with the Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine as part of a collaborative effort from the West Virginia National Guard, FamilyCare Health Centers and Toyota to vaccinate Toyota employees on March 26, 2021 in Buffalo, West Virginia.

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