Philly milestone: 75% of adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has passed a vaccine milestone that gives it better coverage than most states and better than the country as a whole.

More than 75% of adults — about 935,000 residents — in the city have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Sixty-two percent — about 770,000 people — are fully vaccinated.

Health officials say the vaccination rate has been rising recently, potentially because people who had been hesitant want to be protected against the more contagious Delta variant.

It also could be a result of the vaccine lottery that the city instituted. The third and final drawing was last week, and researchers at Penn are crunching the numbers to see whether it pushed more people to get the shot.

The steady growth in vaccinations is good news, but the city is seeing about 75 new COVID-19 cases a day.

Health officials continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated and, for now, go back to avoiding crowded indoor spaces and wearing masks in those places, regardless of vaccination status.