20 states reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have met President Joe Biden’s Fourth of July goal of vaccinating 70% or more of adults with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to tracking by the New York Times. Puerto Rico and Guam have also met the goal.
California, Illinois, and New York have all met the goal. Vermont remains the national leader in vaccination.
Fourteen states have vaccinated 60% to 65% of adults, including Florida and Texas, and 16 states are below 60%. Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, at 46%. Almost all states in the South are below 60%.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID Data Tracker shows that 382,283,990 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered in the United States and 328,152,304 have been administered, with 155,884,601 Americans fully vaccinated (66.7% of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine).
Delta variant causing case spikes
The United States reported 14,463 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 305 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. The slight recent uptick in cases has largely been due to the circulating Delta (B1617.2) variant, which is highly transmissible and accounts for between 25% and 50% of cases in US communities.