Philadelphia reached a milestone in the fight against COVID-19—currently, more than 70 percent of the city’s adult population is fully vaccinated.
According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the total number of fully vaccinated Philadelphians is at least 941,058 as of Friday, Oct. 8. Currently, 70.3 percent of Philadelphia adults are fully vaccinated, and 86 percent of Philadelphia adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
In the last two weeks, 2.6 percent of COVID-19 tests in Philadelphia have come back positive. Thus far during the pandemic, 163,672 Philadelphians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 3,892 have succumbed to the virus. Philadelphia is averaging 249 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last two weeks.
“I’m extremely proud that 70 percent of adults in Philadelphia have heeded the advice of experts and are fully vaccinated from the dangers of COVID-19,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement. “I want to recognize all the health and outreach workers and volunteers who helped us reach this milestone by engaging with residents and communities and making the vaccine accessible at clinics throughout the city. Your hard work has saved many lives, and we will not relent until all eligible Philadelphians are vaccinated.”