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Shortly after 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 3, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that the state has reached 70 percent of Colorado adults who have received at least 1 dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.

Colorado is now ahead of President Joe Biden’s aspirational goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans aged 18 and up by Independence Day.

“I am excited that our state has reached the goal of 70 percent 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,” said Governor Polis. “Our country has a simple tool to stop the loss of life in the form of a safe, highly effective, and free vaccine –  so get your vaccine to safeguard yourself and your family.”

To date, 3,154,395 Coloradans 18 and older and 3,344,512 total Coloradans have been immunized with one dose. 2,957,758 Coloradans are fully immunized.

Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Find out where to get vaccinated by visiting https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated.

While the United States as a whole has not achieved the goal and stands at 67 percent of adults with their first dose, the governor says that Colorado is proud to be among the handful of states to make great progress in defeating the deadly virus and achieve President Biden’s goal.

Reaching the 70 percent vaccination rate and beyond is becoming more important as every week goes by. The virulent Delta strain is now responsible for one in every four COVID-19 infections, and within a month, is expected to be the most prevalent form of the virus. The data now shows that the vast majority of people being diagnosed are unvaccinated people.

Continuing to increase vaccination rates in those who are eligible for the shots is considered particularly important now, because children ages 11 and under cannot yet receive vaccinations.

Visit Ark Valley Voice’s COVID Q&A column for more information about vaccinations, travel and other questions: https://arkvalleyvoice.com/covid-qa-travel-in-the-time-covid/