70 percent of adult Virginians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows 70 percent of adult Virginians have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, Gov. Ralph Northam announced today. Of that 70 percent, 4.2 million people, or 60.3 percent, are fully vaccinated.
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Experts say the 70 percent milestone is key to reaching herd immunity from COVID-19. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Herd immunity makes it possible to protect the population from a disease, including those who can’t be vaccinated, such as newborns or those who have compromised immune systems.”
Virginia joins 15 other states that reached this level of immunity prior to the July 4 target date President Joe Biden set in early May. At an event at Hope Pharmacy celebrating the milestone, Gov. Northam said:
“Virginia has reached a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Thanks to the millions of Virginians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, the virus is in retreat, our economy is growing, and we are closer to putting this pandemic behind us. A statewide effort has brought us to this point, with strong partnerships in our communities, health systems, the private sector, and across all levels of government. Even as we celebrate this tremendous achievement, we will continue working together to vaccinate everyone who is eligible so our Commonwealth can keep moving forward.”
Funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was one of the largest forms of vaccine distribution aid in the state, with over $179 million allotted to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
However, community efforts, like the multi-organizational partnership in Winchester, also helped, with vaccination rates reaching 500-600 people a day in February 2021.
As Virginians continue to receive the vaccine, and in line with revised federal guidelines, the state ended COVID-19 restrictions on May 28. Gov. Northam’s state of emergency declaration from March 12, 2020 will expire on June 30.