Central, SWVA struggling to meet Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination goal


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – President Joe Biden set a deadline of July 4 to meet his goal of getting 70% of adults at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The nation fell short by about three percent as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 67.1% of people ages 18 and older had gotten inoculated by Biden’s deadline.

The Commonwealth, however, exceeded Biden’s goal. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 71.5% of adults had received at least one vaccine shot.

However, when focusing on areas in southwest and central Virginia, not one county met Biden’s goal. Roanoke County and Nelson County came extremely close to the 70% mark, with each area having 69.9% of adults partially vaccinated. Carroll County had the lowest local rate with 40.9%.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said about 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involve people who are unvaccinated. Fauci also said most of the deaths are avoidable and preventable.

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