About 10% of eligible King County residents have received latest COVID-19 booster shots

The proportion of people who have been vaccinated with two values ​​is lower than expected by health workers.

KING COUNTY, Wash – About 10% of King County residents have received the latest COVID-19 booster as of October 3, according to information from the Department of Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Proportion of people who received divalent vaccines, including omicron BA. 4 and BA. 5 proteins spiked from the original ingredient, lower than health officials would have liked.

The latest booster shots have been available for about five weeks.

There are several factors that could explain why interest in the latest booster has been so low. That includes nice weather that lasts through the fall, said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, assistant superintendent of Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Del Beccaro said that when the nice weather subsides and people go indoors, the virus will spread more easily.

A study by the Commonwealth Fund found that COVID-19 boosters could avert about 90,000 deaths in the United States this winter. According to the study, if 80% of people were given the booster injection, it would also prevent more than 936,000 hospitalizations and save $56 billion in medical costs over the next six months.

If the pace remains the same for boosters, the study suggests there could be a potential increase in COVID cases.

Early on in the latest ramp-up, there was a national supply issue. According to the health ministry, within the past week, the problem seems to have been resolved.

There is currently no data on why people are still not receiving boosters, but the health department says rates are low nationally.

Nationwide, about 11.5 million people have received the latest boosters. That’s 5.3%.

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Edmund DeMarche

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