Nine U.S. states have administered at least one coronavirus vaccine dose to 70 percent of their adult populations as officials attempt to ramp up the pace of shots.
Seven of the states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont – are in the Northeast with just two states, Hawaii and New Mexico, in the west.
Additionally, twenty five states and Washington, DC, have fully vaccinated at least half of residents above age 18, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show.
This will help meet President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent of Americans receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 70 percent of U.S. adults by July 4.
State leaders have noticed that incentive programs appear to be encouraging more people to get immunized, including removing coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated individuals, such as mask-wearing, and the chance to win huge prizes of money in lotteries.
It comes as the U.S. recorded 190 new coronavirus-related deaths over the weekend, which is the lowest single-day total in more than a year, a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data show.
New coronavirus cases in America also continue to fall, dropping to their lowest levels since March, making officials optimistic that vaccination campaigns are stemming both severe COVID-19 cases and the spread of the virus.
According to CDC data, 61.3 percent of all American adults have received at least an initial dose of the inoculation and 49.6 percent are fully vaccinated.
What’s more, 49.2 percent of the U.S. population, which includes children aged 12 and older, have been given at least one dose and 39.2 percent have completed their vaccine series.
To incentivize more residents to get vaccinated, some governors have announced lotteries with large cash prizes.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mary Kekatos; The Associated Press