Governor Northam touts VA vaccine rankings and drop in COVID numbers

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RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday touted his state’s efforts to vaccinate residents against COVID-19, citing recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which rank Virginia 1st among States for the percentage of the population that is fully immunized.

In CDC statistics released Wednesday in The New York Times – which show figures for states, U.S. territories, federal agencies, and three countries with special agreements with the U.S. – Virginia, with 63 percent of its population fully vaccinated, is ranked 10th among states.

“We made it to the top ten because so many Virginians have worked so hard for so long,” Northam said. “This is something we can all be proud of. Vaccines will soon be available for children and thousands of adults will be receiving boosters. This is great news.”

Vermont and Rhode Island are the states with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated, at 71% each.

Virginia, with 71% of people having received at least one dose of the vaccine, is ranked 14th among states in this category by the CDC.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), as of Thursday, 74.5% of people 18 and older were fully vaccinated and 82.8% of adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Nearly 6 million people have been vaccinated and 11.4 million vaccines have been administered in Virginia, which has a population of 8.5 million, according to the VDH.

In a press release, Northam also highlighted the state’s “strong progress” in immunizing eligible children. According to the VDH, 426,923 people aged 12 to 17, or 67.5%, had received at least one dose of the vaccine on Thursday.

The governor also clarified that the vaccines have been “shown to be extremely effective” in reducing cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. He said the number of cases fell to 1,500 a day on Tuesday, a 40% drop in the past two weeks. Cases had peaked at more than 6,000 a day by January of this year.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations have fallen 42% over the past month and are nearly two-thirds below pre-vaccine levels, Northam said.

Federal health officials recently approved booster doses of the three available COVID-19 vaccines – Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna – and 472,026 Virginians received their booster on Thursday, according to the VDH.

More information on local vaccination sites is available on the Vaccinate Virginia website or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) . Answers to frequently asked questions and more information about the COVID-19 vaccination in Virginia are available on the VDH website.


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