Coronavirus, Vaccines

Washington reaches 70% vaccination initiation milestone

Coronavirus under electron microscope (image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, licensed under CC-SA 4.0)

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced today the state reached its 70% vaccination goal.

As of July 12, 70% of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Across Washington about 4.3 million people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who received one dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) should make it a priority to receive their second dose on time, officials said.

While one dose does offer some protection, completing the series boosts the vaccine’s effectiveness to 90% or higher.

Research shows COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against variants, including the Delta variant, officials said.