COVID updates: White House celebrates 70% vaccination for WA, state says not yet

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The state Department of Health says there have been over 405,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington, and 5,836 people have died from the virus statewide. The state says 7,133,121 doses of vaccine have been administered. Check below for more updates.

As of May 12, everyone in Washington state age 12 or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who was eligible in an earlier phase or tier remains eligible.

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Confirmed coronavirus cases across Washington state

Monday, June 7

5:34am – The White House is celebrating Washington as the 13th state to have 70% of its adult population vaccinated with at least one dose, but those metrics don’t match the state’s numbers. According to the state Department of Health, Washington is at 63%.

So why the difference? Washington state is using the 2020 population from its own Office of Financial Management, rather than the 2019 population used by the federal government. Also, the ages used in each metric are different, as the White House is referencing those ages 18 and older while the state is tracking ages 16 and older.

Gov. Inslee has said that Washington state will reopen on June 30 or once 70% of those age 16 and up have at least initiated vaccination, whichever comes first.

Check out updates from last week.

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