Getting vaccinated is more important than ever

When you’re exposed to COVID-19 today in King County, it’s most likely that you’re being exposed to a highly contagious variant of the virus. Of the recent COVID-19 test samples genetically sequenced in King County, about 90% represent a variant of concern and not the original strain of the virus, and about 60% of these are the Delta variant. This is concerning because the Delta variant is so contagious.

The large majority of recent cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are among unvaccinated residents. Almost 95% of recent hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 in King County occurred among people who aren’t fully vaccinated.

The most important way to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19 and the particularly contagious Delta variant is to get vaccinated. Vaccines provide strong protection against the original strain of COVID-19 and variants of concern.

The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. These vaccines have been studied in clinical trials with large and diverse groups of people, of various ages, races, and ethnicities.

And perhaps most importantly, getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you and your family, friends, and co-workers, especially those who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and those who cannot be vaccinated.

If you haven’t already been vaccinated, you can find out where to get your vaccine and find answers to your questions at www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine. All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021.