Seattle Becomes First Major American City to Fully Vaccinate 70 Percent of Residents 12 and Older


Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that Seattle is the first major American city to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its residents 12 years-old and older. Seattle has surpassed the City of San Francisco which had been leading the country in vaccinations and the State of Vermont which is leading all states in vaccination rates. Seattle also exceeded Governor Inslee’s goal in vaccinating 70 percent of 16 and older residents and President Biden’s goal in vaccinating 70 percent of adults who are 18 or older. Currently, 78 percent of the Seattle population 12 years-old and older has begun the vaccination process, but has not yet completed the series, which is also one of the nation’s highest vaccinations rates.

“When we launched our vaccination effort earlier this year, I said that I wanted to Seattle to become the first major American city to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its residents. Today, I am incredibly proud that we have reached that goal,” said Mayor Durkan. “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. We have had incredible partners with our small businesses, community based organizations, health care, philanthropy, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Governor Inslee, and Executive Constantine. Now that we have reached community protection, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest. Seattleites – get outside and support a local small business, help revive our historic arts and cultural scene, and enjoy our unparalleled Seattle summers safely. Even with this exciting milestone, our work is not yet done. Please, if you know someone who has not yet been vaccinated, do everything you can to help them get their shot.”

City and countywide, COVID-19 case rates and COVID-related deaths are falling. Seattle continues to have the lowest cases, hospitalizations, and deaths of every major city. Countywide, an estimated 97 percent of all new cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Spain’s Covid-19 vaccination drive meets second major target of immunizing 10m people by first week of June


As the fall in transmission rates continues to slow, health authorities are rushing to vaccinate younger people, who play a key role in the spread of the coronavirus. Every region is now scheduling shots for the 40-49 age group

As of today, all of Spain’s 17 regions are on their way to vaccinating the 40-49 age group against Covid-19. This demographic is receiving the BioNTech-Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which are both based on RNA messenger technology, as well as the medication from Janssen, which only requires one dose. Which of these vaccines is administered to people in this age group depends on the availability of the doses in each region, which are responsible for their own vaccination drives and for containing the pandemic in their territories. Madrid had been lagging behind the other regions, but on Tuesday began to send appointments out to the 40-49 age group and is due to begin administering shots to this segment on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the overall vaccination drive is continuing to gather pace. Last week, 5.1 million doses arrived in Spain – the largest shipment since the campaign began in late December – and of this figure, 3.1 million were administered. Indeed, the country on Friday met the central government’s second vaccination target: to have 10 million people fully vaccinated by the first week of June. The first goal was to have five million people fully vaccinated by the first week of May, an objective it surpassed. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 30 million shots have been administered and around 42% of the entire population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (nearly 50% of the over-16s – see graph below).

U.S. reports fewer than 15,000 Covid cases per day, averaging about 1 million daily vaccinations


The U.S. is reporting an average of about 14,500 daily infections over the past week, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows, as average daily cases have held below 15,000 for three days straight.

About 960,000 vaccinations are being reported administered each day nationwide, according to a seven-day average of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. More than half of Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 42% are fully vaccinated.

All adults in Wales to be offered first jab by Monday


All adults in Wales will have been offered a first Covid jab by the start of next week – six weeks ahead of schedule, Welsh government has said.

Officials plan to offer second doses to adults by September, while jabs for schoolchildren and boosters for older groups may be offered in the autumn.

First Minister Mark Drakeford promised the second jab programme would be as quick as the first, if supplies allow.

Wales is ahead of other UK nations for giving first Covid vaccine doses.

But it is behind England and Scotland for fully vaccinating people.

Figures show 2.18 million people, or 86% of the adult population, have had a first dose and almost 1.25 million have had a second dose.

Wales’ case rate on Monday was 9.4 cases per 100,000, within the range of seven to 10 that it has been in since the start of May.

India to provide free vaccines to all in major policy shift


India’s federal government will provide free coronavirus shots to any adult starting later this month and take back control of the country’s vaccination drive, marred by delays and shortages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday.

The changes reverse a policy launched in April which tasked states and the private sector with vaccinating those between the ages of 18 and 44. The federal government will now procure 75% of all vaccines directly from the manufacturers and provide them to the states for free, while the remaining 25% will be purchased by the private sector.

Under the earlier policy, the federal government gave free shots to people above 45 years of age and front-line workers, leaving states and private hospitals to administer inoculations to those between 18 and 44.

Although most states vaccinated those in this age group for free, they were competing for doses with the private sector. Experts say vaccine makers reaped more profits by selling at a higher price to the private sector, causing many states to scramble for supplies.

Modi’s announcement in a nationally televised speech came as pressure was mounting on his government to speed up vaccinations and ensure equity. Last week, the Supreme Court called the previous vaccination policy “arbitrary and irrational.”

Germany allows everyone to sign up for their vaccination


From June 7, everybody in Germany will be able to register for a coronavirus vaccine. So, is a fair and just system, with priority lists for high-risk groups, being replaced by a free-for-all.

“Our vaccination campaign is continuing at full speed and we are beginning to see the impact that it is having.” Those were the words of Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn.

The encouraging vaccination rate led the minister to conclude that the time is now right to break with the system of strict priority lists. In concrete terms, that means that from June 7 anybody can apply for vaccination — as long as they are twelve or older.

Around 20% of Germany’s population of 80 million are fully vaccinated, 45% have had one jab.

Germany has prioritized people who are at a high risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms. This includes the elderly, but all people with medical “preconditions” such as cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes. And health care workers or others who work in professions where they are exposed to high levels of contact with others and therefore infection. In all, more than 37 million have a right to priority treatment for vaccination.

Vaccines: Over five million Belgians have had their first dose


Over five million people in Belgium have received at least a first dose of a vaccine against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to data published on Sunday on the website of the Sciensano public health institute.

Half of this number, about 27.1% of the adult population, also received a second dose.

Fewer than 1,000 persons infected with COVID-19 are still hospitalised in Belgium, a level lower than any other tally since early October. The exact number was 979 on Saturday, 19% lower than one week before.

The number of patients in intensive care also went down – by 25% – amounting to 336 on Saturday.

UK Under 30’s to be offered vaccine from this week, says Hancock


The majority of people in hospital are now unvaccinated, says Hancock. That is a “challenge for them” but shows vaccination works, he says.

Vaccination is being opened up to the under 30s from this week, says the health secretary.

The government is getting “a step closer” to the point all adults are offered a vaccine, he says.

When everyone has had two doses, the wider population will have the protection we now see older adults have.

Then we can “get out of this” and “restore freedoms”, he says.

More than half of Americans have received a COVID vaccine


America’s vaccine rollout is going into full gear—or at least that’s the intention behind President Biden announcing today a “National Month of Action,” an all-out sprint to get 70% of U.S. adults at least partially vaccinated against COVID by July 4.

The heightened effort to reach the unvaccinated includes free childcare, canvassing door-to-door, giving COVID shots at Black-owned barber shops and salons, a competition between mayors for the biggest city-wide increase in vaccination rates, and lots of get-your-COVID shot swag like free Major League baseball tickets.

With new cases and deaths from coronavirus declining, the country is nearing the administration’s 70% goal; 62.9% of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose. But progress has been slowing in recent weeks. As of June 2, 168.7 million Americans—50.8% of the total population—had received at least one COVID shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 165.1 million people a week ago. Over 136 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, including 74.9% of seniors, 51.9% of adults, and 41% of the U.S. population.

In total, the U.S. has administered roughly 297 million COVID shots, the vast majority of which were either Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines. About 10.9 million Americans have so far received the single-shot vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson.