Some parts of the region, like areas in Pierce County, have less than 50% of residents who have initiated the vaccination process.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Seattle may have hit the magic 70% mark when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, but other parts of the region are lagging way behind.

“This is obviously very frustrating for us,” said Dr. Anthony Chen, who leads the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Chen said COVID-19 rates are still higher in parts of the county where vaccination rates are low. Many zip codes have populations where 50% or less of the residents have even started the vaccination process. Chen said Tacoma is a highlight in that 51% of residents are fully vaccinated, but that’s still 19 points lower than Seattle.

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