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What the Highly Vaccinated States Are Showing Us

Axel Cucinelli, 12, receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as his mom, Tracy Jensen, takes a photo to of him during an event hosted by the Southeast Michigan Pull Over Prevention in partnership with the Washtenaw County Health Department at Grace Fellowship Church in Ypsilanti, Mich., August 7, 2021. (Emily Elconin/Reuters)

In yesterday’s Morning Jolt, I laid out how between July 6 and August 31, the number of active cases of COVID-19 infection in the state of Vermont increased 23-fold — from 114 to 2,668. But as dire as that sounds, the state is not really in a public-health crisis — hospitalizations and daily new deaths remain low in Vermont, in large part because the state is heavily vaccinated. (It also helps that Vermont is one of the least-populated states in the country.)

It’s a mostly but not entirely similar situation in the higher-populated, more urban state next door. Massachusetts ranks third

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