Delaware hits 70% adult vaccination goal

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Delaware today reached the milestone of having 70% of the state’s over 18-population receiving at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The announcement listed a 70.1% vaccination figure.

“Delawareans have pulled together, done their part, and gotten vaccinated to protect their families, friends, and communities,” said Gov. John Carney. “On Thursday, we reached President Biden’s target of 70 percent of adults receiving at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by July 4. That’s a big deal. It’s why we’re beating this virus and moving past this pandemic after a long 16 months. And it’s why we can celebrate Independence Day safely, surrounded by family and friends.”

“We are so excited to have reached this historic milestone,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “A huge thank you to everyone who has gotten vaccinated so far and helped us beat this virus back. Even as we celebrate this significant moment in time, we are continuing our efforts to get more Delawareans vaccinated. We especially want to encourage 18–34-year-olds who are most likely to be out and socializing with others to get the vaccine as soon as possible. It’s free, it’s safe, and it’s effective at preventing COVID, so don’t wait. Get vaccinated today.”

Lagging the state’s other two counties in the rate of vaccinations by a wide margin is Kent, where 44% of its total population has received at least one dose. By contrast, the percentage of the state’s total population that has received at least one dose is 58.

Delaware joins about a dozen and a half states to hit the 70 percent mark. Neighboring New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania reached the goal earlier.

The nation is expected to fall a few percentage points short of the mark.

The 70% figure comes from the CDC’s Vaccine Tracker site and differs from percentages on Delaware’s My Healthy Community site. The CDC site includes vaccinations at the VA, Dover Air Force Base, and other locations that do not report their numbers to the Division of Public Health. The CDC figure also includes Delawareans who have been vaccinated in other states.

Click here for data from the state’s vaccine tracker.

Below is a graphic from Big Local News on case and vaccination rates by states and counties. Laptop and desktop computer users can click on the headers below or maps for data on cases, fatalities, and vaccinations in Delaware and other states.

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