SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday that 70% of the city’s residents aged 12 and over have been fully immunized, which she said makes Seattle the first major US city to take the COVID-19 milestone.
Durkan’s office also said 78% of Seattle’s population aged 12 and older had started the vaccination process.
“Seattle is the most vaccinated big city in America, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our residents to protect themselves, their loved ones and our entire community,” Durkan said in a statement. “Now that we have achieved community protection, we can lead the nation to reopen safely and make a serious recovery. “
She urged Seattle residents to support local small businesses, help revive its arts and culture scene, and enjoy Seattle’s summer in safety.
Now that Seattle has reached the goal of 70% complete vaccines, the city and its partners will begin to launch efforts to support Seattle’s reopening, Durkan said.
The efforts will include support for small local retailers and restaurants, arts and culture programs and the use of public transportation, the mayor’s office said.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was north of Seattle in Washington in January 2020. The state also saw the country’s first fatal outbreak in a nursing home.
There have been more than 440,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state and more than 5,700 deaths.
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