After fully vaccinating at least 70% of all residents over the age of 12 against Covid-19, Seattle has become the most vaccinated city in America, the mayor said.
Jenny Durkan announced that Seattle has fully vaccinated 78% of its population, beating out San Francisco, who previously held the title, to become America’s most inoculated big city.
Seattle, Washington state’s largest city with a population of roughly 750,000, administered over 250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, vaccinating almost 131,000 people. In February, Durkan had previously announced a goal of getting 70% of all Seattle adults vaccinated.
“Seattle is America’s most vaccinated major city, and it would not have been possible without our residents’ commitment to protecting themselves, their loved ones and our entire community,” said Durkan.
Durkan also stated that since vaccination goals have been reached, the city can begin re-opening efforts, encouraging Seattle residents to support local businesses, and enjoy Seattle’s art and culture.
“Now that we have reached community protection, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest,” Durkan said.
The city has offered vaccinations in a variety of places: adult nursing homes, affordable housing units, pop-up clinics and other sites. Seattle, along with Washington state, has also offered vaccine incentives to residents, including cash lotteries with a $1m grand prize.
Though now the second most vaccinated American city, San Francisco is on track to be the first major US city to reach herd immunity, as 80% of eligible residents have received the vaccine.