Seattle becomes first major US city to vaccinate 70% of residents inwoners

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Seattle has become the first major U.S. city to vaccinate 70 percent of its residents over the age of 12 — an ambitious goal set by President Joe Biden — while New York state is only a fraction of the way from reaching the same critical benchmark and fully reopening.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the milestone in a tweet on Wednesday, saying the city is administering 249,000 vaccinations to more than 131,000 people, and the vaccination rate is higher for residents over 12 years old (78 percent).

Seattle was one of the first cities to be hit by the COVID-19 crisis in January 2020, so it’s fitting that it leads other cities in vaccination coverage.

Now that 70 percent of eligible residents have received at least one shot, Durkan said the city and its partners will begin new efforts to reopen over the summer.

“These efforts include supporting local small retailers and restaurants, arts and culture programs, and encouraging the use of public transportation,” she said. “The city will receive more information about these reopening and recovery efforts in the coming weeks.”

A Seattle Mariners Fan Gets a Vaccine in the Most Vaccinated Major City in the Country

A Seattle Mariners fan gets a vaccine in the nation’s most vaccinated major city

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the vaccination milestone in a tweet on Wednesday

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the vaccination milestone in a tweet on Wednesday

Durkan said the City of Seattle and its partners will begin new efforts to reopen during the summer.  Pictured: Crowds pack Seattle's waterfront on May 29

Durkan said the City of Seattle and its partners will begin new efforts to reopen during the summer. Pictured: Crowds pack Seattle’s waterfront on May 29

The above chart ranks U.S. cities by their vaccination rates from Thu

The above chart ranks US cities by their vaccination rates as of Thursday

Nationally, only 12 states have vaccinated more than 70 percent of their residents

Nationally, only 12 states have vaccinated more than 70 percent of their residents

While the city of Seattle leads the city race, Washington state is currently the 13th most highly vaccinated state, with 61 percent of residents 18 years or older fully vaccinated and 71 percent receiving at least one dose.

Vermont is currently the only state where more than 70 percent of adult residents are fully vaccinated.

In 12 states, at least 70 percent of adults over the age of 18 received at least one injection, according to the according New York Times tracker.

New York state just missed the border — currently, 69.1 percent of residents get the first shot, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

When the state reaches 70 percent, Cuomo said virtually all remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted.

In New York, 69.1 percent of residents have received an injection, Governor Cuomo said on Wednesday

In New York, 69.1 percent of residents have received an injection, Governor Cuomo said on Wednesday

Cuomo has said he will lift virtually all COVID-19 restrictions when the state's vaccination rate reaches 70 percent.  In the picture: People populate the streets of Manhattan this week

Cuomo has said he will lift virtually all COVID-19 restrictions when the state’s vaccination rate reaches 70 percent. In the picture: People populate the streets of Manhattan this week

“If we’re at 70 percent, I’ll feel comfortable lifting the restrictions,” Cuomo said at a news conference Monday.

That could take anywhere from a week to three weeks, the state’s governor and health officials predicted.

At that time, New York’s capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and tracking contact information will be optional for retail, hospitality, offices, gyms, entertainment centers and personal care services.

Large-scale event venues, pre-K to 12 schools, public transportation, homeless shelters, correctional and care facilities, and nursing homes will be exempt from the looming restriction elevator and must continue to follow the state’s COVID guidelines.

On the other hand, six states and one U.S. territory are at or below 50 percent partial adult vaccination:

  • West Virginia and Tennessee at 50 percent
  • Wyoming at 48 percent
  • Louisiana and the Virgin Islands at 47 percent
  • Alabama at 46 percent
  • Mississippi at 45 percent

Nationwide, 64 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated; while 53 percent are fully vaccinated.

President Biden’s goal was to have at least 70 percent of all Americans partially vaccinated by July 4.

Nationwide, 64 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated;  while 53 percent are fully vaccinated

Nationwide, 64 percent of adults are at least partially vaccinated; while 53 percent are fully vaccinated

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