Washington State is inching closer to the milestone of having seventy percent of all people ages sixteen and older vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee announced at a news conference yesterday.
“We’ve had considerable success and vaccination and we are now close to being able to essentially fully reopen our state,” said Inslee.
“We’ve had substantial reduction in the risk to people who have had this vaccine. We have saved hundreds and thousands of lives and it is a great joy to know that thousands now have a huge factor to save their lives with this vaccine.”
As of press time, 7,301,374 vaccine does had been administered in Washington State, with 3,443,407 people fully vaccinated and 3,925,186 people having initiated vaccination, according to the DOH vaccine progress tracker.
“More than two thirds of our people in our state have initiated their vaccinations,” Governor Inslee noted at his press conference, calling out Seattle for having already surpassed the seventy percent milestone ahead of the state as a whole.
Our public opinion research corroborates Washington State’s official data.
In our most recent statewide poll of likely 2022 voters, conducted over two weeks ago for us by Public Policy Polling, 63% of respondents said that they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 37% had not.
Here’s the exact question we asked, and the responses:
QUESTION: Have you personally received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or not?
- Yes (have received a dose): 63%
- No (have not received a dose): 37%
The universe for our poll was, of course, likely 2022 voters, not Washington’s sixteen plus population as a whole. Still, given that Washington has automatic voter registration and tends to vote at higher percentages than other parts of the country, we figured we might see a correlation in our data. And indeed, we did.
Our survey of 992 likely 2022 Washington State voters was in the field prior to Memorial Day, from Tuesday, May 25th through Wednesday, May 26th, 2021.
(As mentioned, over two weeks have elapsed since this poll was in the field. Official vaccination figures were lower then than they are now.)
The poll utilizes a blended methodology, with automated phone calls to landlines (50%) and text message answers from cell phone only respondents (50%).
It was conducted by Public Policy Polling for the Northwest Progressive Institute, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval.
It was only a few weeks ago that getting a COVID-19 vaccine required some resourcefulness. Now, thankfully, the vaccines are widely available.
With the low hanging fruit having been metaphorically plucked, Washington State’s elected and public health officials have been trying to keep the momentum going by coming up with new incentives to get the population vaccinated.
These measures include a recently announced lottery (Shot of a Lifetime) that includes cash prizes and other giveaways. Anyone who has already been vaccinated is supposed to have already been entered to win in the lottery.
As Governor Inslee mentioned, the data clearly shows that nearly all the people who are getting hospitalized with COVID-19 in Washington are unvaccinated. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, your colleagues, and your community from this horrible disease by getting vaccinated today if you haven’t already.