More Seattle police showing proof of COVID vaccination

At least 292 officers still need to verify they’ve been fully vaccinated, a 62 decrease from Tuesday.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The number of Seattle police officers who have turned in required proof showing they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus is increasing.

The department’s counts as of Wednesday show in all, 292 Seattle sworn officers still need to verify they’ve been fully vaccinated before the Oct. 18 deadline for city employees to do so, The Seattle Times reported.

That 292 makes up 27% of all cops available to respond to calls in the city, the newspaper said. The latest counts mean the department has received vaccination records for an additional 62 officers since Tuesday, when the Seattle Police Department for the first time publicly released specific numbers.

In August, Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a directive requiring city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18. City employees needed to receive their second shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by Oct. 4, to meet the deadline, according to Durkan’s office.

The latest figures, updated by the Seattle Police Department on its website Wednesday afternoon, show 782 sworn officers, or 73%, had submitted vaccination records. Nearly all of SPD’s civilian police employees (98%) also have verified they’ve been fully vaccinated, the figures show.

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