Nine states in the US have now given at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of adults or more, data shows.
Vermont has led the country in its vaccination efforts with at least one shot administered to more than 81 percent of adults there as of Monday afternoon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island have also all crossed the 70 percent threshold in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, Hawaii and New Mexico were the only two states on the West Coast that have reached the milestone.
By contrast, 63.7 percent of New Yorkers have had at least one dose as of Monday, state data shows.
The nine leading states may help President Biden meet his goal of getting at least 70 percent of adult Americans inoculated by July 4.
Currently, 61.5 percent of adults in the US — or 158 million — have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC.
Experts have predicted that between 70 percent and 90 percent of the US will likely need to be vaccinated or infected to reach herd immunity.
At the current pace of vaccinations, it will take another three months to fully inoculate at least 75 percent of the population, Bloomberg reported.
To encourage more residents to get vaccinated, some states have started offering incentives.
Ohio rolled out a lottery system in which five lucky residents who have received at least one dose of a vaccine will receive a $1 million prize.
New York is running a similar program in which anyone over the age of 18 who gets inoculated between May 24 and May 28 at state-run sites will be eligible for a free scratch-off state lottery ticket with a $5 million jackpot.
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