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70% of people have had 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in several states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted 12 states where vaccination numbers are high

Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared in Utah.
Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

New data has revealed that 70% of people have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in several states, according to ABC News.

A majority of the states are in the Northeast.

Which states are good for COVID-19 vaccination?

ABC News reports that there are a number of states where over 70% of adults have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Massachusetts — 78.7%
  • Connecticut — 75.6%
  • Maine — 74.3%
  • New Jersey — 74.1%.

How does the rest of the country look?

In total, 62.9% of the United States’ adult population (those 18 years old and up) has received at least one vaccine dose against the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC.

How does Utah stack up?

In Utah, about 57.7% of people 12 years old and up have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Utah’s state COVID-19 data. About 47.4% have been fully vaccinated.

Why is 70% important for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Since the pandemic began, experts have said 70% of vaccination would help the U.S. reach some level of herd immunity, which would lead to the virus being a nonfactor for most of the country.

President Joe Biden announced a goal at the beginning of his presidency that 70% of the United States population would receive one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, according to USA Today.

Biden announced a number of measures — this week to encourage people to get vaccinated. The White House said it wants to urge “national organizations, local government leaders, community-based and faith-based partners, businesses, employers, social media influencers, celebrities, athletes, colleges, young people and thousands of volunteers” to get people vaccinated.

  • “It’s going to take everyone, everyone — the federal government, the state governments, local, tribal and territorial governments, private sector, and most importantly the American people — to get to this 70% mark so we can declare our independence from COVID-19 and free ourselves from the grip it has held over us, our lives, for the better part of a year,” Biden said, according to CNN.