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The Associated Press


  The demand for COVID vaccines is great - but the rollout here in Washington is slow going. The federal government is partnering with pharmacies Walgreens and CVS to vaccinate people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 

courtesy of Sen. Brad Hawkins

Republican and Democratic leaders of education committees in the Washington Legislature are urging Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health to change state vaccination guidance so that all school employees are prioritized to receive a coronavirus vaccine in February, instead of putting school employees over age 50 ahead of other school staff.

Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

King County public health officials estimate that it will take six months to vaccinate enough people to tamp down the coronavirus pandemic, even with an aggressive plan to vaccinate 16,000 people per day.

To speed up the process, county officials plan to open two high-volume vaccination clinics. They anticipate the effort will begin by Feb. 1, according to County Executive Dow Constantine. 

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.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Doctors and nurses on the critical-care team of Seattle-based medical system Swedish were left out of an initial electronic call-out inviting staff to get the coronavirus vaccine, sparking confusion and anger among workers caring for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients, according to internal emails and meeting recordings.

Dr. Dakotah Lane, a member of the Lummi Nation, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Alyssa Lane, his cousin, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the Chinook Clinic on the Lummi Reservation, near Bellingham.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington’s allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine will be cut by 40 percent next week - and other states are also seeing reductions.

Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

The first shipment of COVID vaccine for Washington state arrived at Sea-Tac Airport Monday morning. For hospitals, it was a moment for some celebration.