Covid vaccination

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Idaho health officials say they're bracing for the arrival of the coronavirus' omicron variant. The state's public health infrastructure is looking for signs of omicron in Covid test results, and Idahoans are urged to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.

Covid booster shots: Not yet eligible? Check again

Nov 16, 2021
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Covid booster shots are not yet available to the general public. The CDC has limited their availability, at least for now.

The head of the Washington State Hospital Association is urging people who don’t think they’re eligible yet to check, just in case.

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Former Washington State University head football coach Nick Rolovich plans to take legal action against the school over his termination, an attorney said Wednesday.

Brian Fahling, representing Rolovich, said WSU’s dismissal was “unjust and unlawful,” and that the university’s action was motivated by religious discrimination and personal animus toward Rolovich, who was hired in February 2020.

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About 88% of Washington’s hospital staff are vaccinated against Covid-19, according to a survey released Monday by the Washington State Hospital Association.

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The Covid surge has started a trend that Dr. Tanya Sorensen finds alarming.

“For the first time during the pandemic, we are seeing huge numbers of sick pregnant women, really sick women," she said.

Sorensen is a maternal fetal health physician at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

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The Spokane Regional Health District this week is sponsoring a series of Covid vaccination clinics. Two of them are targeted at non-vaccinated people in the Slavic and Spanish-speaking communities.

Season 10, Episode 1: Thinning the Herd!

Aug 15, 2021

This first episode of the season starts with ontological questions: What does it mean to be “Kevin”? Can anyone be Kevin, even Scott? Naturally, they get all the answers they deserve. Meanwhile, Tony and Kevin are out of the Sewer and the Earthen Bunker, where they were quarantined, shivering in the chill until the swine flu pandemic provisionally faded. We say “provisionally” because Americans are “thinning the herd” by flinching from the scary, scary vaccines. Well, more food for the rest of us!

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Washington has finished with its vaccine incentive program that used the state lottery.

The state’s top lottery official thinks it made a difference.

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The trade organization for Washington hospitals is urging its members to require their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The governing board of the Washington State Hospital Association last week approved a resolution supporting vaccination requirements.

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is trying to convince legislative leaders to reconvene to consider legislation barring private employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated to stay employed. A prominent business group is opposing her.

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Health care outreach workers in Spokane say they’re trying new methods to get skeptical non-vaccinated people to get their Covid shots.

Selina Leem from the health district says one strategy that has paid off in Spokane’s Marshallese community is to enlist the support of church leaders.

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Spokane County health officials today [Wednesday] urged people to get vaccinated against Covid, as the county trails behind the state average for vaccination.

Covid Vaccine Notes For Younger Patients

May 11, 2021
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Health care providers are preparing for an increased demand for Covid vaccine now that 12-to-15-year-olds are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Schools are among those that are stepping up to fill that demand.

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Mass vaccination sites and clinics in Washington are now open to the entire adult population, as well as 16- and 17-year-olds.

State health officials say about six million people are eligible to be inoculated. Those who aren’t are 15 years of age or younger, for whom there is not yet a vaccine.

Washington Opens Covid Vaccinations To All Adults Today

Apr 15, 2021
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Washington opens Covid vaccines to all adults, as well as 16- and 17-year-olds, on Thursday. Health providers say they’re bracing for a big rush of people who have waited patiently for their turn.

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During most of the last week, coronavirus cases in Spokane County have risen back into triple digits, though still much lower than at the peak of the pandemic.

“We had spring breaks. We had Easter, which is also typically a big celebration for a lot of people. And then we had the NCAA Tournament, all of those at the same time, at a time when we were in Phase 3, which means a lot more things are open," said Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez.

Idaho's Governor Says No Vaccine Passports In His State

Apr 7, 2021
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Idaho Governor Brad Little is not a fan of the concept of a vaccine passport.

“Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports violate individuals’ freedom to choose the vaccine," Little said.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will soon make Covid vaccine available to anyone older than 16, effective April 15.

Inslee made his announcement this afternoon [Wednesday].

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A small percentage of people who’ve been vaccinated in Washington and Idaho have become infected with COVID-19. Health officials say that’s not a sign the vaccine doesn’t work, or that people should cast aside public health guidelines.