Vermont sees stable number getting vaccinated week over week
More than 2,200 Vermonters started getting vaccinated against COVID-19 this week, about the same as last week, at a time when the more contagious delta variant is spreading among the unvaccinated, state officials said Tuesday.
A total of 2,258 additional Vermonters started vaccinations this week meaning the rate of eligible Vermonters getting at least one dose has reached 83.2%, said Michael Pieciak, the commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, who monitors COVID-19 statistics for the state. Last week, 2,400 started vaccination.
“If you look to other states and other countries, you are seeing the vaccination rates tick up again ... so hopefully we’ll continue to see stable, if not increasing, rates here in Vermont,” Pieciak said.
At the same time, the state had a second week of increased COVID-19 cases, with 89 reported cases, up from 54 last week, Pieciak said. Most of the cases are in the unvaccinated population, he said.
“Overall, we can see that cases continue to be very low compared to where they were just a few months ago,” he said.
Vermont continues to have the lowest hospitalization rates in the country and the seven-day averages are going down, Pieciak said.
The state is making slow and steady progress vaccinating 18-to-21 year olds, which have the lowest vaccination rate in the state at just over 50%. Meanwhile, 100% of residents aged 70 to 74 have gotten at least one dose.
That leaves another 92,421 eligible Vermonters who are unvaccinated, according to state data.
“Anyone who is not vaccinated is at risk and with this more contagious variant, a higher risk than ever before,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine. “The more people we can get vaccinated the more we can keep up that protection.”
Vermont reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday for a statewide total since the pandemic began of 24,590.
Two people were hospitalized with one in intensive care, according to the state Health Department.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 2.43 new cases per day on July 4 to 12.86 new cases per day on July 18.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.