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Colorado meets 70% coronavirus vaccination goal — but not evenly

While the more contagious delta variant has become the dominant strain in Colorado, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is down

Medical assistant Jessica Gaston draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for residents of zip code 80010 and existing refugee patients at Ardas Family Medicine in The Mango House in Aurora, Colorado on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Eli Imadali, Special to The Colorado Sun)

More than 70% of adults in Colorado have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meeting the July Fourth goal set by President Joe Biden. However, most of the state’s 64 counties have not come close to that mark.

As of Sunday, only 12 Colorado counties have vaccinated at least 70% of people eligible to be vaccinated, KUSA-TV reported. Forty-five percent of counties have vaccinated less than half of the eligible population with at least one dose.

While the more contagious delta variant has become the dominant strain in Colorado, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is down. Hospitalizations are also decreasing but are higher than during lulls last year.

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