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A 12-year-old boy receives a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Harborview Medical Center on May 13, in Seattle. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday announced that the city had become the first major metropolitan in the country to fully vaccinate 70% of its population.

The big picture: Durkan said 78% of Seattle's population, 12 years and older, have received their first dose, adding it is one of the country's highest vaccination rates.

What they're saying: "Seattle is America’s most vaccinated major city, and it would not have been possible without our residents’ commitment to protecting themselves, their loved ones, and our entire community," Durkan said.

  • "Now that we have reached community protection, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest," he added.
  • "Our City was one of the first in the country hit by this deadly virus and we’ll be one of the first to recover thanks to everyone doing their part to protect themselves and their neighbors," said Calvin Goings, director of the City’s department of Finance and Administrative Services.

What to watch: Durkan said that the city will begin efforts to support its reopening and recovery, urging all residents to support small businesses, arts and culture programming and increase transit use.

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Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars

A busy bar in Pasadena after reopening in June. Photo: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles County will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to indoor drinking establishments including bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries next month, officials announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Customers and employees in the nation's most populous county will have to show proof at such drinking venues that they've had at least one vaccine dose from Oct. 7 and both by Nov. 4. It's not mandatory at restaurants but is encouraged, per an L.A. County Public Health statement.

Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Italy to mandate COVID health pass for all workers

Italian minister of public administration Renato Brunetta. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The Italian government mandated on Thursday that all workers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce such a sweeping mandate, per Reuters.

Sep 16, 2021 - Health

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

A nurse tends to a patient at a hospital in France. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty images.

France has suspended about 3,000 health workers without pay for failing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The suspensions came after Wednesday's government-imposed deadline for the country's 2.7 million health workers to get at least one dose of the vaccine.