, by a long shot, has won the race to herd immunity
The state lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, becoming the first in the country to vaccinate at least 80% of its eligible population, aged 12 and up.
“Today, June 14, 2021, 80 percent of eligible Vermonters have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
,” Gov. Phil Scott (R) said in a signed directive Monday.
A 15-month state of emergency declared following Vermont's first confirmed coronavirus case in March 2020 will officially end on June 15 at midnight.
“Our state has shown the world what is possible when a group of people
with the right attitude follow the data and trust medical science
,” Scott said at a press conference announcing the news
Vermont has been a leader throughout this pandemic, and we are now the first state to vaccinate 80% of its eligible population. Effective immediately, I am lifting all remaining COVID restrictions. Our work
continues, but Vermonters can be proud of what they have accomplished. pic.twitter.com/9pRPcEmmxC — Governor
Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) June 14, 2021
While Vermont's state restrictions on mask-wearing, physical
distance, and crowd size limits have all been repealed, individual businesses and municipalities can still enact their own rules.
The state's relaxation of restrictions does not, however, supersede federal restrictions, such as those requiring masks
on planes and public transportation.
It is difficult to predict the vaccination
percentage required for the entire country to achieve herd immunity, which occurs when enough people are immune to the virus and it can no longer spread. Dr. Anthony Fauci
's chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic
, previously predicted that at least 75% of Americans would need to be vaccinated.
In terms of total population vaccinated, the New York Times
' vaccination tracking database shows that Massachusetts
, and Maine
all trail Vermont.
The tiny South Pacific nation of Palau has the ultimate inoculation bragging rights, thanks to a longstanding free-association agreement with the United States
, and 96% of the island's total adult population was fully vaccinated as of June 1.
, where 35% of the eligible population has received at least one shot, Alabama
(37%), and Louisiana
(37%), come in last for U.S. states, according to the Times database.