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Vermont Lifts all COVID-19 Restrictions After Attaining 80 Percent Vaccination Rate

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On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont declared that all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the state are lifted following a massive 80 percent vaccination rate among its eligible constituents.


This morning, Scott wrote on Twitter that he would make a special announcement regarding Vermont’s progress against coronavirus. This news followed a series of steadily declining statistics pertaining to coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations in Vermont.

Predictably, the announcement confirmed that coronavirus restrictions across the state were lifted today following a high vaccination rate; 80 percent. Vermont is the first state in the nation to reach this pinnacle. Scott took to Twitter to share the news.

Several members of the government and media chimed in on Vermont reaching this threshold.


Currently, Vermont takes the lead in vaccination rates state-by-state. In order to reopen, 80% of its state’s population have obtained at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Scott’s reopening timeline, Vermont Forward, was shared regularly on his Twitter account to give the public updates and share progress regarding vaccination rates.

President Biden announced last month a goal to have 70 percent of all eligible adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4. If vaccination rates climb across the country in the coming weeks, perhaps states with strict mandates will follow suit with Vermont.

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