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Virginia Reaches President Biden’s July 4 Vaccination Goal

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Photo courtesy Office of Governor Northam

On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam announced 70% of adults 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Virginia has reached a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19,” Northam said. “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.”

Virginia is the 16th state to accomplish President Joe Biden’s goal to give at least one shot to 70% of adults by July 4.

“People are getting vaccinated to protect themselves, but also to protect their families and neighbors,” Northam said. “We have seen in real time the effect of vaccines, hey, our case numbers are the lowest they've been since the early days of the pandemic. So [are] our hospitalizations and our deaths.”

To date, over 8.8 million vaccine doses have been administered in Virginia, and over 60.3% of adults 18 and over are fully vaccinated. 

The number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have significantly declined in Virginia.  

Virginia has had 678,765 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. As of June 21, there have been 116 new cases. There have been 11,360 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. 

Anyone who is seeking a vaccination can visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) to find a nearby clinic.