First shipments of COVID vaccines for younger WA children delayed

Mary Altaffer – staff, APAnna Weiser, left, and her son Henry, 4, wait in an observation room after Henry was inoculated with the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years old, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Montefiore Medical Group in the Bronx borough of New York.OLYMPIA, Wash. – Delays are hitting the first…

WA childhood immunization rates decline during pandemic

Washington state health officials say a new report shows routine childhood immunization rates have decreased during the pandemic, dropping by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic levels. The Washington State Department of Health says the report shows the drop was most noticeable in young children. In response, the Department of Health, health care providers and other agencies are working with people to catch up and remain current on routine immunizations. Washington state provides all recommended childhood vaccines at no cost to children through the age of 18. State chief science officer Dr. Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett says vaccines are the best tools we have to protect kids from getting sick from preventable diseases.

Former OHA worker allegedly embezzled COVID vax funds

A former Oregon Health Authority employee  has been indicted by a Marion County grand jury for allegedly embezzling nearly $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 funds intended to support the state’s vaccination effort. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports an arrest warrant affidavit from the Oregon Department of Justice agent who investigated the case said Marzieh Abedin was hired by the OHA to process invoices submitted by outside vendors who provided services related to the vaccination effort. OHA later terminated Abedin. During that process, OHA said Abedin informed them she had returned to the country that issued her passport, which was not identified in the affidavit.

WA Board of Health will not make the COVID vaccine a requirement for kids to attend school

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/AFP via Getty ImagesOLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Health decided unanimously to not add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for students to attend school or child care for the time being. This means the proof of vaccination requirements for schools will stay the same, however, the board could look at this requirement…

House drops vaccination requirement for lawmakers on floor

The Washington state House has dropped its requirement that lawmakers verify they are vaccinated and boosted in order to attend floor votes in the chamber, and starting Tuesday, the north gallery will reopen to a limited number of members of the public, who must be masked and maintain social distancing. The committee also voted to ban concealed weapons in the gallery, following policy that has been in place in the Senate gallery since 2018. Openly carried weapons have been banned in the galleries for several years. The House set up a metal detector outside of the north gallery over the weekend. The update from the House Executive Rules Committee also increases the number of total lawmakers allowed on the House floor from 27 to 45.

FDA could recommend fourth vaccine dose this fall

Credit: Nam Y. HuhSPOKANE, Wash. — A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine might be needed soon, according to CNN Health. As omicron nears its end, newer infections are mostly breakthrough cases, meaning the virus is developing an immunity towards the original vaccines. Americans with underlying medical conditions were already recommended to get a second booster. Now, the U.S. Food…

King County to end vaccine verification requirement for restaurants, bars on March 1

Craig RuttleFILE – In this Jan. 10, 2021 file photo, Sarah Gonzalez of New York, a Nurse Practitioner, displays a COVID-19 vaccine card at a New York Health and Hospitals vaccine clinic in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)SEATTLE – King County announced Wednesday that it is ending its vaccine verification requirement for restaurants, bars, gyms,…