King County is first large county in nation to pass 70% vaccination rate for residents 12+

KING COUNTY, Wash. — King County is the first large county in the nation to pass a 70% vaccination rate for residents 12 and over, public health officials announced Tuesday.

King County Executive Dow Constantine tweeted that more than 70% of eligible residents across all age and racial and ethnic groups received at least one dose.

This comes out to about 3 million doses administered countywide.

Constantine said the number is expected to grow in coming weeks with the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

Health officials are still concerned about rising case numbers from the delta variant and are urging anyone who is still unvaccinated to get their shots.

“This is an important milestone and remarkable achievement, but as the current Delta surge shows, we still have too many eligible and unprotected,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.