ICWA News & Views

Weekly Stories about What’s Happening in Washington State and Stories of Interest to Washingtonions

by Gerald Braude

In this post:

    1. Links to Radio Show references
    2. Washington Government Statistics Show Negative Efficacy of COVID-19 Shots
    3. Governor Inslee Backs Off on Boosters Mandates but Not COVID Shot Primary Series Requirement

August 5 Episode of An Informed Life Radio Notes and Links

Washington Government Statistics Show Negative Efficacy of COVID-19 Shots

The Washington Department of Health web site shows two county maps for COVID-19 shots.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard | Washington State Department of Health

The map on the right shows the percentage of fully COVID-19 vaccinated for each county. The map on the left shows the seven-day case rate per 100,000 of the population as well the latest seven-day case count and the population of the county. 

Derived from those maps, the following table shows a listing of each county from the highest percentage vaccinated at the top down to the lowest percentage vaccinated at the bottom. 

% Fully 

Vaccinated 

7-Day Case Rate 7-Day Case 

Count

County 12/15/2020 to

8/5/2022

 Per 100,000

Population

7/20/2022 to

7/27/2022

County

Population

San Juan 82% 115 20 17,340
King 81% 224 5053 2,260,800
Jefferson 78% 168 54 32,190
Clallam 71% 211 162 76,770
Whatcom 70% 154 350 228,000
Snohomish 70% 197 1637 830,500
Chelan 68% 235 187 79,660
Skagit  67% 154 201 130,450
Thurston  67% 170 496 291,000
Kitsap  64% 151 410 272,200
Clark 63% 153 763 499,200
Island 63% 106 91 85,530
Pacific 62% 105 23 21,840
Pierce 61% 179 1609 900,700
Grays Harbor  61% 153 114 74,720
Okanogan 61% 88 204 53,047
Douglas  61% 176 77 43,750
Adams 61% 244 50 20,450
Walla Walla 61% 187 117 62,580
Mason 60% 175 267 65,650
Yakima  59% 310 800 258,200
Cowlitz 58% 119 108 110,500
Spokane 58% 184 963 522,600
Benton 57% 237 488 205,700
Grant 56% 276 276 100,130
Lincoln 54% 208 23 11,050
Franklin  53% 437 423 96,760
Lewis 52% 138 111 80,250
Kittitas 52% 104 50 48,140
Wahkiakum 51% 166 7 4,210
Garfield 50% 270 6 2,225
Columbia 46% 72 3 4,185
Klickitat 46% 136 31 22,770
Whitman 45% 87 44 50,480
Ferry  42% 253 20 53,019
Pend Oreille 40% 116 16 13,850
Asotin 40% 186 42 53,003
Skamania 40% 74 9 12,220
Stevens 36% 170 78 45,920

Derived from table above, the following bar graph shows the seven-day case rate per 100,000 county population, starting with the lowest percentage vaccinated at the top down to the highest percentage vaccinated at the bottom. 

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Even with the fluctuations, the bar graph shows a positive increase between percentage of county COVID-19 shots and county COVID-19 case rates. Granted, some of the much less populated counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination percentages, notably Franklin, Yakima, Grant, and Garfield, have higher COVID-19 rates than counties with higher COVID-19 vaccinated percentages. Such comparisons show that the COVID-19 shots do work. But those counties are relatively slow sampling pools in which, over the seven-day period given, many other factors can come into play, such as age, health, and current weather.  

The most telling statistic is a look at the largest sampling. By far, the counties with the highest populations are King, Pierce, and Snohomish. Below is the table for those three counties. 

County % Fully

Vaccinated

12/15/2020 to

8/5/2022

7-Day Case Rate

Per 100,000

Population

7-Day Case 

Count

7/20/2022 to

7/27/2022

County

Population

King 81% 224 5053 2,260,800
Snohomish 70% 197 1637 830,500
Pierce 61% 179 1609 900,700

The above table shows that, of the three counties, Pierce with the lowest percentage of vaccination has the lowest case rate, Snohomish with the second lowest percentage of vaccination has the second lowest case rate, and King with the highest percentage of vaccination has the highest case rate. The following bar graph shows this increase. 

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So, the above bar graph of the most populated counties in Washington clearly shows that those who receive the shots to protect themselves from COVID-19 are more likely to get COVID-19. 

Governor Inslee Backs Off on Boosters Mandates but Not COVID Shot Primary Series Requirement

Governor Jay Inslee has revised his directive regarding COVID-19 shots for state employees. His June 30, 2022 directive had called for all state employees to be fully vaccinated, including boosters. Inslee has now decided to “Pursue options for offering incentives for COVID-19 boosters instead of making them a requirement.” 

In issuing his June 30 directive, the governor had said he was exercising his executive authority, not the emergency powers he used to issue other COVID-19-related emergency orders. More information will be forthcoming regarding the incentives and how they will be implemented, and the Office of Financial Management (OFM) will engage in rulemaking to implement the Governor’s updated directive.

Informed Choice Washington has issued an Action Alert concerning Inslee’s directive. 

WA State Employee Covid Shot Mandate Filed – Informed Choice Washington

The Action Alert says, “Incentives are a form of coercion and undue influence. Using taxpayer money to bribe individuals to get a medical intervention is unethical, and considering Governor Inslee knows the shots come with the risk of cardiac injury, it seems criminal.” 

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) will be holding a hearing on the rulemaking of this directive on Thursday, August 11, 2022. Deadline has passed for written comment, but you can attend the audio-only virtual hearing. Here’s how to join the call. You might be able to comment at this meeting.

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