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Vaccination program picking up speed

The COVID-19 vaccination program in Virginia is picking up speed, with nearly 36,000 people statewide being vaccinated on a daily basis. More than 1.13 million Virginians had been vaccinated for the virus as of Wednesday morning, representing 10.7 percent of the state’s population. However, of those vaccinated, only 217,605, or 2 percent of the population, had received their second dose by then.

Vaccinations have been ramping up in Gloucester and Mathews, as well. As of Wednesday, 5,667 Gloucester residents had received at least one shot, although only 843 had received their second. In Mathews, those numbers were 1,705 and 213, respectively. While Mathews County’s numbers are smaller, they represent a higher population per 100,000 to have received the vaccine, at 19,300. Gloucester’s per-100,000 rate was 15,174 as of Wednesday.

In Middlesex, 1,918 people had received at least one dose as of Wednesday, while 272 had received a second dose, for a per-100,000 population rate of 18,...

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