Sixteen states have already met President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of American adults with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, although the country remains globally behind.
Biden first set Independence Day as the date for the United States to return to some semblance of normalcy during a speech marking the first anniversary of the Covid-19 closures in March 2020.
Last month, he announced the target of 70% – by then the United States had partially vaccinated 56% of American adults – as the Covid-19 vaccination rate declined rapidly.
Vermont, Massachusetts and Hawaii have partially or fully vaccinated over 80% of their adults, while Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey have all partially or fully inoculated over 75%.
New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Maryland, Washington State, Illinois, New York State, Virginia and California have all at least partially immunized 70% of their adults.
Washington, DC has also exceeded the 70% threshold.
Mississippi has partially or fully vaccinated the fewest adults of any state in the country – 45.4% – while Alabama, Louisiana and Wyoming have also at least partially vaccinated less than 50% of their adults.
65.4%. This is the percentage of American adults who have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Just over half (53%) of American adults are fully immunized. At the current rate, 68% of U.S. adults will be partially vaccinated by July 4, according to the New York Times.
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Minnesota, Colorado, Delaware and Oregon are all close to hitting the 70% mark.
The sixteen states that reached the 70% target voted for Biden in 2020, continuing a trend of blue states with higher vaccination rates than states that voted for former President Donald Trump.
“If we are successful in this effort. . . then the Americans will have taken a serious step towards a return to normalcy, ”Biden said in remarks announcing the 70% target last month. Since then, almost all states have completely reopened.
Biden has been criticized for not being more aggressive with his vaccination goals. When asked why he wouldn’t raise the bar higher with his July 4th goal last month, Biden replied, “Well, I would like to hit it 100%. But I think so realistic, we can arrive at [70%] by July 4.
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