SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan mentioned Wednesday that 70% of metropolis residents ages 12 and up have been absolutely vaccinated, which she mentioned makes Seattle the primary main U.S. metropolis to hit the COVID-19 milestone.
Durkan’s workplace additionally mentioned 78% of the Seattle inhabitants 12 and older has began the vaccination course of.
“Seattle is America’s most vaccinated main metropolis, and it will not have been potential with out our residents’ dedication to defending themselves, their family members, and our complete neighborhood,” Durkan mentioned in assertion. “Now that we’ve got reached neighborhood safety, we are able to lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest.”
She urged Seattleites to help native small companies, assist revive its arts and cultural scene, and benefit from the Seattle summer time safely.
Now that Seattle has reached the 70% absolutely vaccinated objective, town and its companions will begin launching efforts to help Seattle’s reopening, Durkan mentioned.
The efforts will embrace supporting native small retailers and eating places, arts and tradition programming, and transit use, the mayor’s workplace mentioned.
The primary confirmed case of COVID-19 in america was north of Seattle in Washington in January 2020. The state additionally noticed the nation’s first lethal outbreak at a nursing residence.
There have been greater than 440,000 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Washington state and greater than 5,700 deaths.
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