The state of WA can not get an idea of the number of people vaccinated?
At a press conference Thursday, Oct. 14 in which Governor Inslee announced an upcoming round of restrictions on indoor and outdoor events related to proof of vaccination, state officials claimed that the overall percentage Washington State’s immunization rate was 59 percent.
However, this figure is lower than the CDC figures, cited by USA Facts. USAFacts.org is a statistical website that tracks a lot of data, trends, and analysis. This week, they showed our state’s vaccination rates at 62 percent. That’s 3 percent more.
We contacted them and asked them what their sources were. They responded that they were using CDC data, which is higher.
In fact, on October 11, the Department of Health’s COVID dashboard showed that 71% of Washington residents aged 12 and older were fully immunized. So why did they claim 59 percent during the press conference?
Some reports indicate that the COVID dashboard for Thursday, October 14, showed 59. The dashboard indicates that this data includes data from the US government and the military of people who live and / or work here who are not believed to be included in DOH data. We have heard this reasoning before.
However, the October 11 image shows the CDC and government data is included.
It seems, just like the difficulty and inaccuracy of counting the total number of cases in 2020, that the DOH now does not appear to be able to accurately provide precise, concrete numbers of those who are fully vaccinated.
Critics, including some GOP lawmakers, say it is part of their strategy to underestimate vaccination numbers as an excuse to push more restrictions designed to force people to get vaccinated.
Anyway, with the supply chain and other issues plaguing people now, is there a lot more to do than just vaccines, like saving money?