12 Washington counties have vaccination rates below 50%
Despite inching closer to a statewide vaccination rate of 70%, just 12 of Washington’s 39 counties have vaccination rates above 60%.
As of June 22nd, 67.8% of individuals 16 years and older in Washington had received their first vaccination, according to the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
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Gov. Jay Inslee had this to say on the June 30th opening:
“I just can’t foresee not opening on June 30. And the reason is we continue to have a decline in numbers, at this moment, of infections, and a decline of hospitalizations at this moment and that has been consistent for the last several weeks. So I can see no foreseeable event that would lead us not to open on June 30, or again, earlier if we hit the 70% mark.”
According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, the 70% milestone is key to reaching herd immunity from COVID-19.
“Herd immunity makes it possible to protect the population from a disease, including those who can’t be vaccinated, such as newborns or those who have compromised immune systems.”
Of the 7,658,911 vaccine doses given and reported in Washington, King County leads the effort with 2,743,577 doses administered. This accounts for 77.2% of the population (16 or older) in the county.
San Juan County leads the state with 80.9% of its population 16 years and older that have been given the 1st dose of the vaccine.
Of the 39 counties in Washington, only 12 counties have a 60% or greater vaccination rate for their populations of 16+.
Pend Oreille, Stevens and Garfield County are at the bottom of the list with 35% or lower vaccination rates for the 16+ populations.
As Washington gets closer to the 70% threshold, states like Virginia are reaching that 70% vaccination rate ahead of President Biden’s July 4th deadline.
Even as Washington approaches the 70% vaccination mark, Washington State Department of Health says more COVID-19 vaccinations are needed to keep the virus in check.