With well over half of Connecticut\u2019s 3.6 million residents now fully vaccinated and bars and restaurants reopened for more than two weeks, life is beginning to feel normal again. Many businesses are allowing fully-vaccinated people to go maskless indoors, with most taking the honor system approach, and state parks and beaches are filled with visitors\u2014 some masked and others not. And on Thursday, the state reported no new deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since early October. \u201cWe have not been that way in eight-plus months, let\u2019s see if we can keep it up,\u201d Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday during a press conference. \u201cLet\u2019s see if people keep getting vaccinated because this is a precondition to getting our economy moving again.\u201d But despite the state surpassing national averages for the percent of the population that\u2019s started vaccination and those who are fully vaccinated, state data still shows vaccine coverage can vary wildly depending on where someone lives. In Mansfield, Hartford, Sterling and North Canaan, fewer than a third of residents are fully-vaccinated, according to data released by the state Thursday. Meanwhile, Canaan, Lyme, Salisbury and Old Saybrook, report more than 70 percent of residents are fully vaccinated. To put that in perspective, that means that in a line of five people at a grocery store in Canaan, there\u2019s a good chance four would be fully-vaccinated. In Mansfield, chances are only one person would be. The difference is significant because Connecticut is among the states that requires people who are not yet fully-vaccinated to continue wearing a mask indoors. People are considered fully-vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a shot of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But without a vaccine passport in place, most retailers, restaurants and other public venues have mostly left it up to patrons to self-certify that they\u2019re fully vaccinated. The state does allow businesses and event organizers to decide whether to allow universal masking, and masks are still required in some settings like health care facilities, public transportation and taxis and ride-share services. The state data shows similar disparities in people who have initiated vaccination, meaning they have received at least one shot of the vaccine. Canaan also tops the list, with a little less than 89 percent of its population having started vaccination. Mansfield, is also at the bottom, with just over a third of its population having started vaccination. Underserved communities, including the state\u2019s largest cities also generally rank toward the bottom for first-dose coverage. In Bridgeport, the state\u2019s largest city at more than 144,000 residents, only around 43 percent of residents have started vaccination. In Hartford, the state capital, the number is close to 40 percent. But the data also shows cities made strides in the past week, with Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Waterbury and Danbury all growing the ranks of city residents who started vaccination by well over one percentage point. The vaccination rates come as the state\u2019s COVID-19 metrics have also fallen dramatically throughout the spring. Connecticut\u2019s one-day positivity rate remained less than 1 percent on Friday, as the state\u2019s COVID-19 metrics continued to stay low a day after no new deaths were recorded for the first time since October. One new death was reported Friday, bringing the state\u2019s official death toll from the disease to 8,246. Statewide, 143 new cases of COVID-19 were found out of 22,335 tests, according to the state\u2019s numbers, for a one-day positivity rate of 0.64 percent. Hospitalizations dropped by a net seven patients, bringing the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 to 82 statewide. The declining metrics come as a little less than 64 percent of the state\u2019s population of about 3.6 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from Thursday. About 54 percent of the state\u2019s total population is now considered fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Nationwide, just under 51 percent of people in the U.S. have received at least a first shot of a vaccine while about 41 percent are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, according to the CDC. But while those metrics put the state ahead of national averages, Connecticut has fallen behind Hawaii and a handful of New England states for first-dose coverage, suggesting the pace of new vaccinations may be waning. On Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky said in a statement she was \u201cdeeply concerned\u201d by the number of children nationwide who have been hospitalized for the illness, urging parents to get those over the age of 12 vaccinated. \u201cVaccination is our way out of this pandemic. \u202fI continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line,\u201d Walensky said.