Mayor: Seattle 1st major city to fully vaccinate 70%

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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says 70% of city residents ages 12 and up have been fully vaccinated. She said Wednesday that makes it the first major city in the U.S. to hit that COVID-19 milestone.

Her office says now that Seattle has reached the 70% fully vaccinated goal, the city and its partners will launch efforts throughout the summer to support Seattle’s reopening.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States was north of Seattle in Washington in January 2020.

The state also saw the nation’s first deadly outbreak at a nursing home.

There have been more than 440,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington state and more than 5,700 deaths.

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