Seven Minnesota counties, most of them in the Twin Cities metro, have now reached an adult vaccination rate of at least 70%.
The state's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard shows the following counties having cleared that important marker, as of the latest available data Friday:
- Cook - 81.6%
- Olmsted - 79%
- Hennepin - 75.9%
- Ramsey - 74.2%
- Washington - 71.6%
- Dakota - 70.6%
- Carver - 70.3%
Three more counties are on the cusp of reaching a 70% adult vaccination rate
- Houston - 69.7%
- Carlton - 69.7%
- Scott - 69.4%
Health officials and Gov. Tim Walz have a goal of getting 70% of adults - that is, individuals ages 16 and up - immunized against COVID-19 by July 1. That vaccination rate is what experts estimate will be needed, at minimum, to reach herd immunity.
The most recent figures available show Minnesota, as a whole, with an adult vaccination rate of 65.6%. Among the entire population, including kids under 12 who aren't able to get the vaccine yet, the vaccination rate is 53.7%.
Demand for the vaccine has shrunk recently, despite incentives being offered by the state and federal government, oftentimes in partnership with private businesses. In the three weeks starting May 2, the state tallied at least 236,000 doses administered every single week.
The week of May 23, just 130,068 shots were given. And the following week, that number fell to 97,005.