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What to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington Thursday

Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state on Thursday, April 8.

Washington state to receive fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses in coming weeks

A three-week forecast from the federal government shows there will be a "substantial decrease" in the number of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses being delivered to Washington state facilities.

The number of Pfizer and Moderna doses being delivered in April remains stable, with the number of those doses being delivered to be slightly higher than previously anticipated, according to the state Department of Health. 

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What Washington parents should know about COVID-19 vaccines for 16- and 17-year-olds

While everyone 16 and older in Washington state will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15, there are some limitations 16- and 17-year-olds should know before signing up and going to an appointment.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) said 16- and 17-year-olds are still considered minors and need consent from a parent or guardian to get a vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated.

However, minors may receive immunizations without parental consent under Washington state’s “Mature Minor Doctrine.” (Click here to learn more about the Mature Minor Doctrine.)

Additionally, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine approved for people ages 16 and older. Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are studying the safety and effectiveness of their vaccines in minors, but are currently only authorized for people over the age of 18.

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COVID-19 infections could drop by June - depending on the vaccine rollout, UW Researcher says

Could we see a drop in COVID infections by June?

That was the eyebrow-raising claim by one of the most trusted doctors during the pandemic.

In a presentation this week to a non-profit group, Dr. Vin Gupta of the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and told them "I'm sitting in Washington State, less than 10% of the population has been actually infected with the virus versus New York state, were greater than 30% of the population."

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As vaccinations rise, Seattle experts emphasize importance of COVID-19 testing

Even as COVID-19 vaccinations rise, experts don’t want people to forget about the importance of coronavirus testing.

"The simple case is that there's just not that many people vaccinated yet,” said Dr. Geoffrey Baird, interim chair of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "We really need to go back to, you know, what we've been doing for the last year, which is identify as quickly as we can."

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UW researchers to study COVID-19 vaccines' long-term effectiveness

 It’s the next step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tia Babu from the University of Washington is heading up a local study looking at the long-term effectiveness of the vaccine.

“The primary endpoint, we will be looking at safety and tolerability of the vaccine, but we will also be looking at immune response,” said Babu.

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released an online portal to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

As of Wednesday, March 31, the state moved to Phase 1B, Tiers 3 and 4, which added the following qualifications for eligibility:

  • Anyone age 16 and older with two or more diseases or medical conditions
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Anyone living or working in certain congregate settings (correctional facilities, group homes for those with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, etc.)
  • Additional high-risk critical workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, construction)

If you are eligible, find a list of vaccine providers on the state's Vaccinate WA page and information on how to make an appointment. 

LIST: Mass COVID-19 vaccine sites in western Washington