Vermont governor lifts restrictions as state becomes first to reach 80 percent vaccinated

Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that Vermont has become the first state in the country to vaccinate 80 percent of its eligible population of people 12 and older against the coronavirus, and that as a result of the successful vaccination campaign, all remaining pandemic restrictions would be lifted.

“Effective immediately, I’m lifting all remaining COVID restrictions. Our work continues, but Vermonters can be proud of what they’ve done,” Scott tweeted.

Can other states hit Biden’s goal, though? Not every state is as successful as Vermont in the vaccine push. Nationally, 62 percent of people 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When looking at adults 18 and over, the national figure is 64.4 percent, meaning there is progress to be made if the country will hit the Biden administration’s July 4 goal of 70 percent.

Red/blue divide: Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts are at the top of the list with more than 80 percent of adults 18 and older vaccinated, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are at the bottom, with less than 50 percent.