Local counties fail to meet Biden's vaccination goal
Only 20 states, and no local counties, reached President Joe Biden's goal of 70 percent of the population at least partially vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines by July 4. CNN reports that in mid-April, U.S. health officials reported roughly 1.8 million people in the country were becoming fully vaccinated every day. That number has fallen now to about 685,000. Locally, Albany County was the closest to meet Biden's goal with 65.1 percent of its population getting at least one vaccine dose by July 4, according to the state's vaccine tracker website. In Greene County, only 52.5 percent of citizens have at least one dose, and in Columbia County the current rate is 60.2 percent. Ulster County has 63.4 percent of its citizens with at least one dose, Rensselaer County is at 58.5 percent, and Dutchess County has at least partially vaccinated 58.1 percent of its population. Farther out from the Hudson Valley, Schoharie County is at 48.2 percent, and Delaware County is at 47 percent.