Vaccine

OLYMPIA — More than 94% of Washington’s recent COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been among not fully vaccinated people, according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

The report released Wednesday shows between February and June, residents age 12 and older who weren’t fully vaccinated accounted for about 97 percent of COVID-19 cases, 96 percent of hospitalizations and 94 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state. The state plans to provide an weekly update on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in those who are not fully vaccinated.

The report “underscores once again the need for people to get vaccinated now, if they haven’t already,” health officials said in a news release.

“We urge those who are eligible to get vaccinated. If they still have questions, we encourage them to speak to their healthcare provider. We all have a role to protect our community, especially those who are most vulnerable,” state Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah said in a statement.

As of July 24, about 61 percent of Washington residents eligible to receive the vaccine are fully vaccinated.

The more contagious delta variant likely accounts for more than 90% of new cases, according to state officials.

The state used data from the Washington Disease Reporting System and the Washington Immunization Information System for its new report.

“Not fully vaccinated” is defined as those who have not received any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have received one or more doses but aren’t yet fully protected.