Washington reaches pandemic milestone; 70 percent of population now vaccinated

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state health officials have announced a major milestone in the pandemic: 70 percent of the state’s population is now vaccinated.

Washington Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah made the announcement in a briefing Wednesday morning. He said 70 percent of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

As of July 12, nearly 8 million doses have been given out to about 4.3 million people across the state.

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“While we have made great strides, we still need to continue to encourage those that have not vaccinated yet to get their vaccine,” Dr. Shah added.

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