Rhode Island health officials reported Thursday that more than 65% of people 16 and older who live, work or attend school in Rhode Island have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

State health officials say that’s just shy of Governor Daniel J. McKee’s goal of vaccinating 70% of eligible residents by Mother’s Day. 

“When you look at the universe of Rhode Island, those that live, work and learn here, we're essentially there,” Thomas McCarthy, executive director of the Health Department’s COVID-19 unit, said at a weekly briefing on the state’s vaccination effort.

In measuring the state’s progress toward vaccinating 70% of eligible adults, or roughly 614,000 residents, state officials included more than 25,000 Rhode Islanders who received at least one dose of vaccine in another state, according to Health Department data. Among them are nearly 16,000 Rhode Islanders vaccinated in Massachusetts and 4,500 vaccinated in Connecticut, state data show. 

“The 70% is about coverage,’’ Joseph Wendelken, a Health Department spokesman, said in an email. “When calculating coverage, it wouldn’t make sense for us to not include a vaccinated East Providence resident just because they were vaccinated in Swansea, [MA] for example.”

The state also has administered roughly 33,000 vaccine doses to out-of-state residents who either work or attend school in Rhode Island, Wendelken said. 

Rhode Island, like other states, submits its vaccination data to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports the state vaccination rates based on where the shots were given, regardless of where people live. The CDC reports that 54% of Rhode Island residents of all ages have had at least one dose. About 66% of Rhode Island residents 18 and older have had at least one dose, according to the CDC.  In Massachusetts, the CDC reports, almost 72% of all adults have had at least one dose.

Rhode Island’s latest progress report comes as the seven-day average for first vaccine doses has slowed to about 2,500 shots per day, down 64% from about 7,000 doses per day during most of April, according to analysis of state data by The Public’s Radio. 

Nationally, the average number of people getting a first or single dose has fallen by about 50% from the peak in mid-April, according to an analysis by The New York Times. 

Rhode Island is nearing the point where vaccine supply outpaces demand, said Dr. Philip A. Chan, a medical director at the state Health Department.  

More than 90% of Rhode Island teachers have been vaccinated, Chan said. And new virus cases among teachers have been declining since March, he said, even as cases among students rose. “What we're seeing among teachers,’’ Chan said, “is a vaccine effect.”

About 13,500 Rhode Islanders 75 and older are not yet vaccinated, and state health officials said they will begin offering them at-home vaccinations  beginning as early as next week.  The state also is exploring more mobile and pop-up clinics to vaccinate hard-to-reach residents, health officials said. 

New COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island are running about 200 per day, down from about 500 per day in mid-April.

The Health Department’s McCarthy said the goal now is to reduce the new virus cases enough so that COVID-19 is a “manageable disease” in Rhode Island, similar to the seasonal flu, so the state can fully reopen businesses. “And we know that we can do this,” he said, “before the fall.”

Health reporter Lynn Arditi can be reached at larditi@thepublicsradio.org. Follow her on Twitter @LynnArditi.