Colorado meets 70% vaccination goal but not evenly

Colorado News

Kat Pitner receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine from Aspen Valley Hospital’s registered nurse Erica Purcell at the Benedict Music Tent parking lot in Aspen, Colo. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Pitner has lived in Aspen since 1974. “It feels awesome,” Pitner said about receiving the vaccine. “I so appreciate all of the people here getting this done.” (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times via AP)

DENVER (AP) — More than 70% of adults in Colorado have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meeting the July Fourth goal set by President Joe Biden. However, most of the state’s 64 counties have not come close to that mark.

As of Sunday, only 12 Colorado counties have vaccinated at least 70% of people eligible to be vaccinated, KUSA-TV reported. Forty-five percent of counties have vaccinated less than half of the eligible population with at least one dose.

While the more contagious delta variant has become the dominant strain in Colorado, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is down. Hospitalizations are also decreasing but are higher than during lulls last year.

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