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.


“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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