Will Colorado Meet Biden’s July 4 Vaccine Goal? Here’s the Data
Remember when President Biden said that the White House's goal was to have at least 70 percent of adult Americans receive at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by the 4th of July, 2021? Well, according to The New York Times, we're actually pacing to hit that goal as a country.
Colorado, as a state, is also likely to hit the goal, The New York Times' data shows. Currently (as of June 3), 66 percent of Coloradans had gotten vaccinated, and the state will likely hit 70 percent in the next three weeks. But, that's not the case in many states.
'Even if the country as a whole reaches the national target, at least 30 states probably will not,' The New York Times reported. 'And a handful are unlikely to reach the 70 percent mark before the end of the year, a New York Times analysis shows, potentially prolonging the pandemic.'
One of those states is our neighbor to the north, Wyoming, where less than half of the population is currently vaccinated. At 47 percent, it could take up to ten more months before the state hits the 70 percent mark. That is, however, only if more people actually agree to get the vaccine. The New York Times said that states in the south and in the Mountain West have seen vaccination numbers 'level off' because of shot hesitancy and because vaccines may be harder to access.
Hawaii and Vermont lead the pack with 81 percent and 82 percent vaccinated, respectively. You can read the full report from The New York Times here.