COVID cases drop sharply but vaccine shipments delayed

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

In a press conference this afternoon, Public Health Officer Jeff Duchin announced that one in sixteen King County residents have been fully vaccinated. As of Tuesday, just under 415,000 doses have been administered to King County residents.

Unfortunately, due to last week's winter storms, there has been a national delay in vaccine shipments, including an estimated 90% of shipments to Washington State. This week, King County received its lowest allocation of vaccine doses so far-- 82,200 total doses, including just 11,800 first doses.

The good news is that COVID cases are dropping sharply in King County. I’ve included a graph of case trends below:

New COVID cases as of 2-18

Despite short-term vaccine shipment problems, it looks promising that the national vaccine supply will greatly increase in the coming weeks. I encourage you to stay positive and vigilant—our efforts to suppress the spread of COVID are working, and there is good reason to be hopeful that soon King County will have many more vaccine doses available to us.

Stay healthy,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council

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