Pfizer COVID vaccine. Source: Screenshot/YouTube
UPDATE: As of Sunday, the CDC data shows that only 16 states in the nation and the District of Columbia have reached at least the 60 percent mark, including four states that have made it to 70 percent — Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine, which are smaller states.
Florida is now at 59.4 percent for residents fully vaccinated, according to the CDC data. Of the largest states, New York has 66.1 percent of residents vaccinated, and California, 60.8 percent.
While controversy continues over vaccine mandates and vaccine effectiveness, Floridians are still getting shots and the state is closing in on a target of at least 60 percent of residents fully vaccinated.
Only 15 states in the nation and the District of Columbia have reached at least the 60 percent mark, including three states that have made it to 70 percent — Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which are smaller states.
Florida is at 59 percent for residents fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the largest states, New York has 65.8 percent of residents vaccinated, and California, 60.5 percent.
The states getting the closest to the 60 percent mark are Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota and Florida. (Update: Pennsylvania is now at the 60 percent mark.)
Florida is already above the national average of 57.4 (updated).
The other states are below 60 percent, and at least 15 (updated: 14) states are below even the 50 percent mark, including Southern states such as Mississippi, Alabama. West Virginia has the lowest percent, 40.9, (updated, 41) of fully vaccinated residents.
Meanwhile, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo spoke at DeSantis’ Thursday news conference about the effectiveness of vaccines and “breakthrough” COVID cases that come after people have already gotten vaccine shots.
Ladapo believes the breakthrough cases are common — not rare. He also expressed concerns about adverse reactions to vaccines and said, “We’re going to learn more about the safety of these vaccines.”
He added, “This idea that we are foolish for not believing people who are telling us things that we don’t have data for right now, is ridiculous.”
Here’s what the CDC says:
“COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control; however, no vaccine is 100 percent effective at preventing illness. Some fully vaccinated people will get sick, and some will even be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. However, there is evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated.”
Here is the list of vaccination rates for each state and the District of Columbia, from CDC data on Friday:
|State||Percent of Total Pop Fully Vaccinated by State of Residence|
|New York State||65.8|
|District of Columbia||61.7|
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