vaccines

Ellensburg veteran wins $100,000 through WA vaccine lottery

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A former Coast Guardsman from Kittitas County won a $100,000 grand prize through “A Heroes Thanks;” a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program for Washington state veterans through the Governor's Office and Washington's Lottery. The winner is Mark W.,…

Washington reaches pandemic milestone; 70 percent of population now vaccinated

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state health officials have announced a major milestone in the pandemic: 70 percent of the state’s population is now vaccinated. Washington Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah made the announcement in a briefing Wednesday morning. He said 70 percent of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of…

BFHD discontinues vaccine clinic at CBC West, pop-ups

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-Cities' public health authority, the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), is discontinuing its COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics as well as the vaccination clinic at the CBC West testing location as local coronavirus rates stabilize and vaccination rates…

Lawmakers eye special session on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican state senators plan to meet this week to discuss the possibility of a special session after three large health care providers announced policies requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the top Senate Republican said Monday. Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Winder said Republican senators will meet online Friday morning amid growing calls for a special session…

Someone in Washington will become a millionaire this week, just for being vaccinated

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The $1 million winner in Washington’s “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccine promotion will be chosen this week. The Washington State Lottery will draw the winner from the state’s vaccine database Tuesday. Officials will contact the winner on Wednesday. Over the past several weeks, the state has given away more than $1 million in cash and other prizes,…

Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that "it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed.

Yakima Valley mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — The Yakima Health District is offering more than a dozen mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week across Yakima County. As of  last month, 57.8% of individuals 16 years or older countywide had initiated vaccination and 51.4%…

Yakima County vaccine efforts continue during heat wave

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — The Yakima Health District is continuing COVID-19 vaccination efforts despite dealing with record-high temperatures. The community vaccination center at State Fair Park had to close down Tuesday due to the heat wave and move operations temporarily…

'Shot of a Lifetime:' Yakima man claims $250,000 prize

YAKIMA, Wash. — The weekly $250,000 drawing through Washington state's 'Shot of a Lifetime' vaccination incentive program was held this Tuesday and a lucky winner claimed the prize in Yakima. According to a release by officials from Washington's Lottery, a…

‘A Heroes Thanks’: New program offers incentives for vaccinated military members, veterans

Sean McKeagOLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced a new vaccine incentive program for Washington’s military community and veterans.  The state has been offering large sums of money, including a $1 million cash prize, for Washingtonians who get a COVID-19 vaccine, but the state database has not included veterans. This is because the Department of Defense has been vaccinating veterans…