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Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference Nov. 30, 2020, in Olympia.
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Gov. Jay Inslee will announce Monday whether some counties in Washington state will have to roll back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan because of rising cases.

Syringes with doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, are shown next to vaccination cards, Saturday, March 13, 2021, on the first day of operations at a mass vaccination site at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle.
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Anyone 16 or older who lives or works in King County can now pre-register for a vaccination in Seattle.

Patients wait to receive the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a Seattle Indian Health Board holds clinic in Seattle.
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State officials say the increased eligibility for COVID vaccines may not be immediately met with enough appointments. But they’re confident supply will soon match demand, and they want to people to be ready.

Vaccine eligibility in WA will open to ages 16 and older on April 15

Mar 31, 2021
Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle.
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Washington is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and older starting on April 15, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday.

An EMT with the Seattle Fire Department gives the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a City of Seattle community COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood.
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The Washington State Department of Health is investigating reports of people in the state who tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after they were fully vaccinated.

Gloria Winston, 94, left, a resident at Laurelmead Cooperative retirement community in Providence, R.I., reaches out to hug her great-niece Wensday Greenbaum, right, and her 5-year-old great-great niece Cordelia Cappelano on March 18, 2021.
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Outdoor visits have been allowed to happen, from a distance, but now after a year of protecting residents from COVID, long-term care facilities and nursing homes can let loved ones inside for visits. 

Muckleshoot Tribe’s Health Clinic Manager Jeremy Pangelinan and registered nurse Mikaba Snowden confirm the safe and appropriate transfer of the gifted COVID-19 vaccine doses.
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Most inmates in the state correctional system have to wait until the end of the month to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But members of the Muckleshoot Tribe who are serving sentences at the Monroe Correctional Complex got their vaccines early.

 Setting up a mass vaccination site at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle.
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When 65-year-old Bonnie McGuire was vaccinated earlier this year for COVID-19, a huge weight of worry disappeared in an instant. 

“I felt amazingly serene," she says. "It was a strange feeling. I've never had this experience, and none of us in this country ever have, where this shot will keep you, you know, you will not die on a ventilator alone in a hospital – with this one little jab in your arm. It's startling the simplicity of that." 

Stations where COVID-19 vaccines will be administrated are shown set up at a mass vaccination site on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle.
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King County residents who are eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine will have a new location to do so starting this weekend.

The city of Seattle is opening a mass vaccination site at Lumen Field, where the Seahawks and Sounders play. The site is a partnership of the city, Swedish Health Services and the company that operates the facility, First & Goal Inc.

Volunteers are key at vaccine sites. It sometimes pays off with a shot

Mar 9, 2021
As he nears the end of his volunteer shift, Pete Graham, left, directs new volunteers to a health screening station on Feb. 26, 2021, at a mass vaccination clinic at Seattle University. Graham received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine after his shift
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When Seattle's largest health care system got a mandate from Washington state to create a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, organizers knew that gathering enough volunteers would be almost as crucial as the vaccine itself.

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It’s been a contentious couple of weeks, but the Seattle and Highline school districts have made progress toward bringing some students back to classrooms.

Vaccine eligibility in WA to expand to more groups on March 22

Mar 4, 2021
Dr. Greg Hoeksema fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup. Officials said they expected to deliver approximately 2,500 second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the site Thursday.
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Workers in agriculture and grocery stores will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 22, as will those in law enforcement and others included in the next eligibility phase that focuses on workers in certain congregate settings, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday.

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Back in January, 65-year-old Bonnie McGuire got her first shot of the COVID vaccine. The process for her was very easy. 

“I got a phone call that there was a shot waiting for me. It was, like, at 9 in the morning, and could I be there at 10? I said absolutely. So I shot down to the Safeway on Gravelly Lake, which is, I don't know, maybe a 20-minute drive from here. I walked in. Piece of cake. Got the shot, got the immunization card, walked out,” recalls McGuire. 

Washington educators, child-care workers now eligible for vaccine

Mar 2, 2021
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with special ed Pre-K teacher Michelle Ling in her classroom at Phantom Lake Elementary School in Bellevue on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that educators, school staff and licensed child-care workers of all ages have been added to the current tier of vaccine eligibility that includes those age 65 and up and those 50 and older who live in multigenerational households.

A pedestrian makes his way along a waterfront as downtown Seattle is partially hidden in a steady rain beyond Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
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It’s been one year since health officials announced the nation’s first death from COVID-19 here in western Washington.

Vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are displayed on a tray at a clinic set up by the New Hampshire National Guard in the parking lot of Exeter, N.H., High School, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021,
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Certain residents who are 65 and older in Seattle can now sign up to be notified when extra doses are leftover from the fire department's mobile vaccination events.

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are shown, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Isles of Vero Beach assisted and independent senior living community in Vero Beach, Fla.
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More vaccines are on the way to Washington state. 

Cassie Sauer, the CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, says the thousands of doses that were postponed because of bad weather last week will arrive this week.  



Even though the rollout has been rocky, COVID vaccines are here. The number of new COVID cases is dropping. Is it safe to feel a little optimistic about the future?

Not just yet, say researchers at Fred Hutch.


A person is given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon facility in Seattle.
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Winter weather has delayed the shipment of some vaccines intended for Washington state.

Michelle Roberts leads the COVID-19 planning and distribution team for the Department of Health. She says that up to 90 percent of this week's allocation has been delayed.

That's about 200,000 doses.

In this Feb. 2, 2021, photo, students wear masks as they work in a fourth-grade classroom, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley.
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Washington state is expanding COVID-19 testing options for many public schools and Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday more students should have access to in-person learning.

Capitol dome in Olympia in January 2020.
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This is the first week that every region in Washington is in Phase 2 of the state's COVID recovery plan. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick live Tuesday morning to talk about the latest in the state's pandemic response as well as what's happening in the Legislature this week.

A person wears a sticker after they were given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an facility in Seattle and administered Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.
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Leaders with the state Department of Health say there are inequities in vaccine distribution based on race and ethnicity. According to a new report, Hispanic, Black and multiracial people have gotten vaccinated at low rates compared to their representation in the population.

Courtesy of King County

South King County is an area of Washington hit especially hard by COVID-19. Positive test rates in this part of the county are very high compared to places like north Seattle and Mercer Island.

This is why Public Health – Seattle & King County has set up two vaccination clinics that will be operating indefinitely. One is located at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The other is located at Auburn’s General Services Administration Complex.

A person is given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon facility in Seattle.
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Seattle hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed.

Seattle-area hospitals see hopeful signs in virus fight

Jan 28, 2021
Registered nurse Diane Miller pulls on gloves and other protective equipment as she prepares to enter patient rooms in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center on Tuesday.
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Earlier this week, there was only one patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, a hospital near the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The unit had cared for as many as eight patients at a time during the heights of the pandemic.

courtesy of Bellevue School District

The Bellevue School District will bring first-graders and kindergartners back for in-person learning in February, a couple of weeks later than originally planned.

The district had been in a standoff with the Bellevue Education Association, but the two sides have reached an agreement that was narrowly approved by union members.

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Officials across Washington state are trying to vaccinate people for COVID-19 more quickly, and some of those plans begin this week.

Gov. Inslee and his wife receive COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 22, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee gets the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, from Elizabeth Smalley, a medical assistant at a Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, each received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

The Inslees, both 69, received the Moderna shots at the Sea-Mar Clinic in Olympia.

Airlift Northwest flight nurse Mikaela Hagberg looks on as she receives one of the first COVID-19 vaccinations at UW Medicine on Dec. 15, 2020, in Seattle.
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On the anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the United States, Amazon said Thursday it will host a one-day vaccination drive in Seattle this weekend to inoculate as many as 2,000 people.

courtesy of Bellevue School District

UPDATE, 4:12 pm: Adds information about the Sedro-Woolley School District.

Bellevue Superintendent Ivan Duran says the district will continue with its plan to welcome about 770 second-graders back for in-person learning on Thursday, even though teachers may not show up.