On June 9, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a press conference that he is optimistic Washington will reach the goal of having 70% of residents 16 and older vaccinated by the end of this month. Inslee announced May 13 that the state will fully reopen June 30 and could reopen sooner if 70% of Washingtonians over the age of 16 had received one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
“We’d love to do that before June 30, but we don’t know if that’s possible or not, but if we do hit those numbers, we’re going to reopen our state,” Inslee said.
As of June 12, 66% of people over 16 statewide had received at least one vaccine dose, coming in at 7,466,229 doses total.
“Seattle has fully vaccinated 70% of residents 12 years of age and older. Seattle is now the most vaccinated large city in the United States,” Inslee said. He implemented a lottery system to encourage Washingtonians to get vaccinated, with drawings for winners through July 13.
Inslee reiterated that businesses may return to usual operations on June 30 or earlier so long as industries follow current masking guidelines.
Also under Inslee’s June 30 reopening plan, large indoor venues that accommodate 10,000 people or more will be limited to 75% capacity, unless vaccine verification is occurring. Smaller venues may be at full capacity. Physical distancing will not be required in these settings, but attendees must follow current masking requirements, which now say people who are not vaccinated must wear masks.
Samira George covers real people living real lives in the Puget Sound. Follow her on Twitter @samirakgeorge.
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