Some people will never get vaccinated, reopening excitement and fears, safe travel tips, this week at the Council...

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June 7, 2021

girl jumping off pier - Photo by Erik Dungan on Unsplash –

Photo by Erik Dungan on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Our first summer with vaccination protection is almost here!  If you’re like me, you’re anticipating mask-free hikes and other activities with vaccinated friends and family.  I’m including some information below on how to travel safely, as well as discussions of issues and fear about the reopening of the state at the end of this month.

However, we do need to remain careful – especially indoors in public spaces – as many people have not been vaccinated and, of course, it is impossible to discern who has or has not had the vaccine.  I’ve wondered (and am sure many of you have as well) what is preventing people from getting a COVID vaccine.  There are some who cannot receive vaccines for health reasons.  And, there are others who are waiting for the FDA to fully approve the vaccines.  And others who are uncomfortable with getting vaccines in general or these ones in particular.  But, according to a recent poll by Gallup, 78% of those who are currently reluctant to be vaccinated are unlikely to change their minds in the future.

According to the Gallup poll, “As of the May 18-23 survey, 60% of U.S. adults report they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 4% have been partially vaccinated, 12% plan to be vaccinated and 24% do not plan to be vaccinated.” 

And, as The Seattle Times reported last week, the vast majority - 97% - of new COVID cases in King County are of unvaccinated people.  The state Department of Health is once again urging all Washingtonians not to wait and to get their COVID shot as soon as is possible.  More information is included below.  Remember, the COVID vaccines are safe, effective and free.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.