PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 70% of Virginia adults have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, two weeks ahead of President Biden’s July 4 goal.
Gov. Ralph Northam and other Virginia leaders came together Monday to mark the milestone. Northam says Virginia is the 16th state to get to 70% of adults with at least one dose.
“Thanks to the millions of Virginians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, the virus is in retreat, our economy is growing, and we are closer to putting this pandemic behind us. A statewide effort has brought us to this point, with strong partnerships in our communities, health systems, the private sector, and across all levels of government,” Northam said.
Meanwhile 60% of adults in Virginia are now fully vaccinated. When you take into account the whole population (including those under 18), Virginia has just under 50% fully vaccinated, per Virginia Department of Health data.
The White House issued a statement Monday about Virginia’s vaccination program.
“In communities across Virginia, the deadly Coronavirus is in retreat thanks to the state’s progress on vaccinations.
From the day he took office, President Biden launched a whole-of-government, wartime effort to defeat this pandemic, and he called on every American to unite around a fundamental goal: Ending the death and devastation caused by COVID-19 and bringing back the American way of life.
Just five months later the results are clear in Virginia: Today, 70 percent of adults in Virginia have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot and the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all dropped dramatically.
Virginia is starting to looking like Virginia again because of a vaccination program that made it easy and convenient for Virginia to get vaccinated, state and community leaders who worked hard at the local level, and millions of Virginians who rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated.
For Virginians who not yet gotten vaccinated, we encourage you to make this a priority. The delta variant continues to pick up steam, and our vaccines remain effective at preventing death, hospitalizations, and severe disease. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to text your zip code to 4-3-8-8-2-9 or go to vaccines.gov to find a shot today.”
Cases have remained relatively low (around 136 per day on average) and deaths from the virus are now down to 6 per day.
- New cases: (+116, 678,765 total), 136 per day on average
- New deaths: (+9, 11,342 total), 6 per day on average
- Current hospitalizations: (+2 patients, 285 currently)
- Percent of positive tests: (1.5% on average)
- Vaccine doses administered: total doses administered: 8,846,776 percent of population with at least 1 dose: 57.8% (70% of adults), percent of the population fully vaccinated: 49.3% (60.3% of adults 18-plus)
- Accomack: 2,868 cases, 212 hospitalized 45 deaths (no change)
- Chesapeake: 21,207 cases, 1,030 hospitalized, 305 deaths (+4 cases, +1 hospitalized)
- Franklin: 1,138 cases, 56 hospitalized, 33 deaths (no change)
- Gloucester: 2,270 cases, 66 hospitalized, 49 deaths (+3 cases)
- Hampton: 10,706 cases, 433 hospitalized, 181 deaths (+2 hospitalized)
- Isle of Wight: 3,172 cases, 151 hospitalized, 70 deaths (no change)
- James City County: 4,666 cases, 168 hospitalized, 72 deaths (+ 1 case)
- Mathews: 602 cases, 23 hospitalized, 12 deaths (no changes)
- Newport News: 14,312 cases, 502 hospitalized, 238 deaths (+6 cases, +1 hospitalized)
- Norfolk: 18,003 cases, 1,034 hospitalized, 269 deaths (+4 cases, +1 hospitalized)
- Northampton: 807 cases, 80 hospitalized, 36 deaths (no change)
- Poquoson: 897 cases, 25 hospitalized, 18 deaths (no change)
- Portsmouth: 9,182 cases, 684 hospitalized, 203 deaths (+1 case, +1 death)
- Southampton: 1,985 cases, 56 hospitalized, 57 deaths (no change)
- Suffolk: 8,002 cases, 462 hospitalized, 191 deaths (+1 case, +1 hospitalized)
- Virginia Beach: 36,323 cases, 1,705 hospitalized, 413 deaths (+5 cases, +1 hospitalized)
- Williamsburg: 770 cases, 29 hospitalized, 13 deaths (no change)
- York: 3,799 cases, 80 hospitalized, 57 deaths (+1 cases)