By WILSON RING, Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) – Vermont continues to dominate the country with the highest percentage of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19 and a number of other categories, but the state is still urging people to get vaccinated officials said Tuesday.
Speaking at the regular weekly COVID-19 briefing, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said nearly 84% of Vermonters 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 75% of that population is fully vaccinated.
“We’re not giving up,” Scott said. “What we’re seeing across the country shows exactly why we can’t. “
While the number of COVID-19 cases in Vermont is still low, they are increasing, largely due to the so-called delta variant of the virus, which is significantly more transmissible than previous versions of the virus.
In recent weeks, places across the country with low vaccination rates have seen a dramatic increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases, largely fueled by the delta variant.
The vaccines are found to be effective against the delta variant and other versions of the virus, so Vermont continues its efforts to make it easier for people to get vaccinated. Walk-in immunization clinics continue to be offered in many locations across the state on a daily basis.
While a small percentage of the population has a strong philosophical objection to the vaccine, a larger group of the unvaccinated are those who haven’t given much thought to getting vaccinated – a category sometimes referred to as “vaccine apathetic,” the Commissioner said. to health, Dr. Mark Levine. said during the briefing.
“The reality is, we’ve taken the vaccine to places where I don’t think other states have even dreamed of you being able to do it,” Levine said. “Now we find that some of them are trying to mirror what we’ve been doing here. “
The “barnstorming” approach that involves the help of local officials and emergency medical service officials has been effective in rural Vermont. Vaccines are sometimes available at employers’ places of business.
On Tuesday, the Vermont Department of Health reported 11 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to more than 24,750.
There were six hospital patients, none in intensive care.
The number of deaths remains at 259.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Vermont has increased over the past two weeks, from 10 new cases per day on July 11 to 24.14 new cases per day on July 25.
The Associated Press uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure the number of cases and deaths related to epidemics in the United States.
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