Over 129K WA kids ages 5–11 receive first COVID vaccine dose

Health officials say more than 129,000 children ages 5 through 11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include them on Nov. 3. State Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, said that while COVID-19 is often milder in children than adults, children can still get very sick and spread the disease. He says getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 can help lower their risk of infection, reduce their chance of getting seriously ill, and decrease their chance of hospitalization and death. Thirteen children and teens age 18 and younger in Washington have died of COVID-19.

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in WA

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that can be used to access businesses and other places where vaccine proof is required. The Washington State Department of Health said the…

Looking for omicron: How long until variant is found in U.S.?

Brazil and Japan today joined a rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant. The mutant was already in Europe a week before South Africa sounded an alarm. Find out the latest here.

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

The world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant that is potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel on Friday named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern. That's the same category that includes the delta variant. Much of the world imposed immediate travel bans on visitors from southern Africa, where the new variant was discovered. President Joe Biden was asked why the U.S. is waiting until Monday to adopt similar restrictions. He said that was the recommendation from his medical team.