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Conn. first state in U.S. to fully vaccinate 50% of adults

While touting CDC data that shows the state is the first in the U.S. to have more than 50% of adults age 18 and older fully vaccinated, Gov. Ned Lamont said there continues to be a slowdown in the rate of vaccinations.

“You can tell it’s not going up as quickly any longer,” Lamont said.

“So what we are doing is reinforcing our messaging,” he added.

As of Monday, nearly 1.4 million Connecticut adults have been fully vaccinated, 50.3 percent of all residents age 18 and older.  New Mexico and South Dakota are just behind Connecticut at 49.9 percent and 49.8 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, the state continues to see new cases. Since Friday, there have been more than 1,300 confirmed or probable COVID-19 infections. The number of hospitalizations, however, dropped by 41 to 342. Meanwhile, there have been 15 additional COVID-associated deaths since Friday, for a total of 8,112 people.

The 7-day average positivity rate is below 2 percent, the first time in over six months. 

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