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70% of Colorado adults have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Chris Sorensen

While the United States as a whole has fallen slightly short of President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the nation’s adults by the Independence Day holiday July 4, Colorado has reached the target.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced Saturday that 70.04 percent of the state’s population age 18 or older has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That represents 3,154,395 adults in the state. Nearly three million of them are fully immunized, having received both doses of either the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose Johnson&Johnson vaccine.

Including children, 3,344,512 people in the state have received at least one vaccine dose.

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Some vaccines used in other parts of the world have not been authorized in the U.S., with only the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines currently available under an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a statement, Governor Polis said, “I am excited that our state has reached the goal of 70% of adults with at least their first vaccination by Independence Day. This is an exciting milestone for the people of our state, it is a testament to our resilience and united commitment in the fight against this deadly virus. The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect ourselves and enjoy the life we love in Colorado.”

Nationally, about 67 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Currently, people age 12 or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., though only the Pfizer vaccine has received approval to be given to those age 12-17.

Colorado vaccine location can be found at https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated.