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Clark County’s COVID vaccination rate lags behind state

56.8 percent of resident 12 and older are vaccinated

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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Clark County vaccination rates continue to climb but still lag behind state averages, according to the latest data from county and state health agencies.

As of Wednesday, 63 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 68.8 percent statewide, according to Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health.

Counting vaccines administered by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Washington’s vaccination rate is 70.7 percent. That data isn’t available at the county level.

In Clark County, 56.8 percent of residents age 12 or older — all those currently eligible for the vaccine — were fully vaccinated, according to Public Health data. State data showed 62.7 percent of those age 12 and older were fully vaccinated statewide.

The highest rates of vaccination in Washington were reported in San Juan County, with 82.2 percent with one dose and 76.8 percent fully vaccinated, and King County, with 80.7 percent with at least one dose and 74.7 percent fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Information in Clark County

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to be get the Pfizer vaccine, though a parent or legal guardian must accompany minors ages 12 to 15. Underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites regarding parental consent.

Vaccinations are available without an appointment in Clark County. More information about opportunities for vaccination is available on Clark County Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information website. Appointments at a number of locations throughout Clark County can be scheduled through the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator. Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625. Call center representatives can assist with scheduling. Language assistance is available.

More information about vaccines and data on vaccination in Clark County can be found on Clark County Public Health's vaccine data page.

Clark County was 11th for vaccination among the state’s 39 counties and has the highest level in Southwest Washington, according to Department of Health data.

The lowest vaccination rate in the state is in Stevens County, with 32.8 percent of residents with one dose and 29.8 percent fully vaccinated. Skamania County had the fourth-lowest vaccination rate with 37.3 percent with one dose and 35 percent fully vaccinated.

Public Health officials urged those who are not vaccinated to take advantage of the free vaccines, which have been effective at preventing serious illness and death, including among those infected with the delta variant.

“Most COVID-19 cases are among those who are not vaccinated – statewide data shows nearly 96 percent of cases through July 31 were not fully vaccinated,” a Public Health statement released on social media said. “A small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated may still get COVID-19, but infections tend to be mild.”

In Clark County as of July 30:

  • 41.1 percent of those age 12-17 had one dose and 34.3 percent were fully vaccinated
  • 53.6 percent of those age 18-34 had one dose, and 46.2 percent were fully vaccinated
  • 59.3 percent of those age 35-49 had one dose, and 53.8 percent were fully vaccinated
  • 63.8 percent of those age 50-64 had one dose and 58.8 percent were fully vaccinated
  • 75.9 percent of those 65 and older had at least one dose, and 71.6 percent were fully vaccinated
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