Using a fake COVID vaccine card could land you in jail

Jeff ChiuOLYMPIA, Wash. — Using or selling a fake COVID vaccine card to get into a bar, restaurant or any other venue that requires proof of vaccination in Washington could become a crime. Senate Bill 5667 would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly show fraudulent proof of vaccination against COVID-19. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in…

Bill seeks to criminalize use or sale of fake vaccine cards in WA

A lawmaker in Washington state wants to make it a crime to use or sell a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use a forged or falsified COVID-19 vaccination document. It would also make it a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine to sell or transfer false COVID-19 vaccine cards. The state of New York has a similar law on the books.

AG’s Office wants Washingtonians to report price-gouging on COVID test kits

Money; ShutterstockOLYMPIA, Wash. – Anyone who suspects price-gouging on a COVID-19 at-home test kit is asked to contact the Washington Attorney General’s Office.  AG Bob Ferguson issued a consumer alert to Washingtonians on Tuesday.  In the past week, several people filed complaints regarding the price of at-home tests. In one instance, a Facebook ad advertised kits on “sale for only…

Here’s how to get free COVID tests sent straight to your doorstep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every home in the country is now eligible to order four free at-home COVID tests. The tests available for order are rapid antigen at-home tests. They can be taken anywhere, whether or not you have symptoms, and will give results within 30 minutes. All you will need to enter on the site to receive a test is a…

Race and ethnicity may play a factor in receiving antibody treatment CDC says

Credit: APSPOKANE, Wash. — A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that COVID patients who are white were more likely to receive monoclonal antibody treatment compared to those in minority groups. The CDC’s research included information from 800-thousand COVID patients between March 2020 and August 2021. Roughly 4 percent of white patients got monoclonal antibodies each…

Inslee announces plan to expand testing, offer free masks in effort to tackle omicron surge

Ted S. WarrenWashington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., before signing a bill into law that prohibits openly carrying guns and other weapons at the state Capitol and protests statewide.OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a series of efforts aimed at containing the spread of the omicron variant.  The…

Washington’s new secretary of state mandates vaccines

In one of his first acts as Washington secretary of state, Democrat Steve Hobbs has told his some 300 staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19 by Feb. 25, or face losing their jobs. The Northwest News Network reports under the previous secretary of state, Republican Kim Wyman, her office was the only statewide office that did not impose a vaccine requirement after Gov. Jay Inslee announced his mandate for state employees, health care workers and educators last summer. Inslee appointed former lawmaker Hobbs as secretary of state in November after Wyman said she was resigning to take a top election security post with the Biden administration. 

Gonzaga requiring students, staff to get COVID booster

The university also said that all students, no matter their vaccination status, are required to get tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their planned return to campus.

Oregon State University to require COVID booster

As the omicron variant causes a rise in coronavirus cases, officials from Oregon State University have announced the school will be joining the growing list of universities and colleges where students, staff and faculty will be required to get a COVID-19 booster shot.As of last week, more than 30 colleges have issued booster shot requirements. The list includes large universities like Boston University, NYU, the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, the University of Oregon and the University of California. Officials at Oregon State say in-person instruction and all other university activities and operations are still scheduled to resume on-site on Jan. 3. However students returning to residence halls will be required to be tested for COVID-19.