A total of 4.54 percent of Thurston County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, said Public Health and Social Services Director Schelli Slaughter yesterday.
As of yesterday, 11.4 percent of residents have received the first dose of a vaccine — either of which requires two separate doses to be maximally effective.
Slaughter, during a weekly update to the board of county commissioners, said that 91.3 percent of all vaccines allocated to Washington state have been administered, calling that an improvement of the overall vaccination effort.
The county health department continues its focus on administering second doses of the vaccine. Slaughter noted that there are other providers in the area that can give vaccines, too.
“There are also, in addition to the state allocation of vaccine, direct federal allocations of vaccine to local pharmacies,” she said, noting the website www.findyourphasewa.org can assist people in finding out more about their own vaccine eligibility and where they can receive a dose.
At the federal level, a vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is under consideration for approval and use, which, if passed, is expected to help bolster vaccination efforts. The new vaccine requires a single dose to be effective.
“We’re looking for an increase in vaccine supply overall and potentially, should it be approved, a third vaccine in our arsenal,” said County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek.
To date, Thurston County has seen a total of 66 deaths linked to COVID-19 and 7,136 positive cases.
CORRECTION: Mar. 2, 2021 -- Previously our interpretation of the data combined first and second dose numbers. We suggested that approximately 15%, or one in six, county residents had received at least one dose. We regret this error.