Vermont’s surge in new COVID cases leads the nation; so does its vaccination rate


FILE – A healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Oct. 5, 2021, in Miami. Nearly 8,500 active duty members of the Air Force and Space Force have missed the deadline for getting COVID-19 vaccinations, including 800 who flatly refused and nearly 5,000 with pending requests for a religious exemption, the Air Force said Wednesday, Nov. 3. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

As the U.S. closes in on one year since the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered, Vermont is tied with Rhode Island for the highest percentage of residents over age 11 who are fully vaccinated.

Vermont and Rhode Island report 72 percent of residents 12 and older have been have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, according to the The New York Times vaccine tracker.

Factor in children 5 and older, and Vermont’s fully vaccinated rate rises to 74 percent, or more than 438,000 people, according to the most recent data from the Department of Health.

Meanwhile, new cases in the last 14 days in Vermont are up 82 percent, according to the Times. The next highest increase is in Connecticut, which reports a rise of 76 percent in the last 14 days.

On Monday, Vermont health officials reported 222 new cases, bringing the total infections since the pandemic began to 45,024. The hospitalization rate has risen 7 percent in the last two weeks; on Monday, 52 people were hospitalized, with 11 in the ICU.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 227.1 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 195.3 million people who have been fully vaccinated.

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