SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday that 70% of the city’s residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, which she said was the first to hit the Seattle COVID-19 milestone. Major US city.
Durkan’s office also noted that 78% of the Seattle population age 12 and older have begun the vaccination process.
“Seattle is the most immunized major city in America, and this would not 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 reached community safety, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest.”
She urged Seattleites to support local small businesses, help revive its arts and cultural scene, and enjoy Seattle’s summer safely.
Now that Seattle has reached the 70% fully immunization target, the city and its allies will begin efforts to reopen Seattle, Durkan said.
Efforts will include supporting local small retailers and restaurants, arts and culture programming, and transit access, the mayor’s office said.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was in January 2020 in Washington, north of Seattle. The state also saw the country’s first fatal outbreak in a nursing home.
Washington state has more than 440,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 5,700 deaths.