Secretary of health, Dr. Umair Shah, announced that as of Wednesday morning, July 14, 70% of Washington residents aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a major milestone.
In a morning briefing, Shaw noted, “We’re just shy of 4 million people being fully vaccinated. “That represents almost half of our state, but that also means that half of our total population is still vulnerable, including … all of our kids who are under the age of 12 because they are not eligible for vaccines.”
Wednesday morning, Michele Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health, tweeted, “Thanks to you, WA, we have reached our 70% goal of #COVID19 vaccinations and our communities are safer and more protected! This milestone has taken months of hard work and dedication, and we don’t plan to stop until we cross the finish line!”
On its Twitter page, the Department of Health reiterated the importance of getting the second dose for those who had received a two-dose vaccine saying, posting, “While it’s true one dose offers some protection, completing the series boosts the vaccine’s effectiveness to 90%+. With new variants on the rise, time is of the essence…”