More than 60% of eligible Arlington residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, exceeding an initial goal set by the county.
Arlington County says it met the goal over the weekend. Of those eligible for the vaccine — anyone 16 years of age and up — about 40% have been fully vaccinated, 20% have been partially vaccinated, and another 40% have not yet received any vaccination.
In terms of the entire Arlington population, more than 50% of the population has received at least one dose and just over 35% are fully vaccinated, according to Virginia Dept. of Health data.
Over the weekend, Arlington met its goal of 60% of eligible Arlingtonians having at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
— Arlington County (@ArlingtonVA) May 10, 2021
To keep up the vaccination momentum, this week the county is offering walk-in jabs at several sites, including the Walter Reed Community Center (Monday-Friday), Kenmore Middle School (Monday), Montessori Public School (Wednesday) and Gunston Middle School (Thursday). Appointments are also available.
As of this morning, nearly 2,400 vaccine doses are being administered per day in Arlington, on average, down from around 3,400 daily doses two weeks ago.
Coronavirus cases, meanwhile, continue to steadily decline.
Only three new cases were reported in Arlington overnight, bringing the county’s seven-day trailing case total to 101. That’s the lowest seven-day case total so far this year.
There are reminders, however, that COVID-19 remains a deadly and debilitating disease.
One new Covid-related death and three new hospitalizations have been reported in Arlington over the past week, even with the declining number of cases, per VDH.
On Friday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam revealed that he “still can’t smell or taste anything” seven months after contracting the disease.
Seven months after getting COVID-19, I still can’t smell or taste anything. And many people have long-lasting side effects that are much worse.
I’ve had the virus and the vaccine—between the two, I'd take the vaccine any day. pic.twitter.com/iciZQEMNqt
— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) May 7, 2021