Connecticut is routinely cited for having the widest wealth gap in the nation, so it deserves a shout-out for success in closing an equally perilous divide. News this week of a welcome spike in the number of weekly COVID vaccine doses administered in the state is a reminder to consider the bigger picture. Connecticut, you\u2019ve done pretty well getting vaccinated. On one recent week, 100,000 booster doses alone were administered. Aside from activities involving pizza or coffee, it\u2019s hard to ever get 100,000 people to do the same thing. Think about the overall numbers. About 71 percent of state residents have been fully vaccinated. If only voter turnout on Election Day could be this good. Town registrars celebrate when they get 30 percent of eligible voters. All that means is that 70 percent stayed home and many more couldn\u2019t even be bothered to register. Yes, we\u2019d like those vaccine numbers to be higher, but it\u2019s worth pausing to celebrate that compared with the rest of the nation, Connecticut is at the top of the leader board with Vermont and Rhode Island. Too many other states haven\u2019t even reached the halfway mark. We\u2019re looking at you, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia (in last place at 41 percent) and Wyoming. The latest Connecticut surge is a recorded 114,880 vaccine doses administered in the week leading to Halloween. It\u2019s the highest number in five months, a time when there was still considerable demand. The rise is attributed to newly approved booster shots and federal regulators backing booster shots from a different manufacturer. But the remaining gap still needs to be closed. First of all, there\u2019s the glaring 8 percent of residents who got a first shot but have yet to get a second. They\u2019re like people who made it to the voting booth but still can\u2019t make up their mind. More importantly is getting newly eligible children vaccinated. Anyone on the fence about this decision would be wise to consider the dramatic rise in COVID cases during the 2020 holiday season, when many family members were reunited after several months. Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged Monday that drawing kids to get vaccinated isn\u2019t as easy as recruiting their grandparents. \u201cIt\u2019s not like us (age) 65-plus who were rushing to the gate on day one,\u201d said Lamont, 67. \u201cI think a lot of parents are going to take a little more of a wait-and-see (approach), but I can tell you that there are thousands of kids getting vaccinated in this state every day and that\u2019s a good thing.\u201d Early numbers for vaccinations among children ages 5-11 offer promise. Several locations around the state reported vaccination slots were quickly booked. As we learned in the spring, that momentum is not sustainable. So this is the time to serve as role models for children and grandchildren. And, oh yes, to keep showing the rest of the nation what Connecticut can do.