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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington Wednesday

Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state on Wednesday, May 12.

CDC accepts US advisers' endorsement of Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

U.S. health advisers endorsed use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12 on Wednesday — just as planned new guidelines say it's OK for people of any age to get a coronavirus shot at the same time as other needed vaccinations.

The shots will let kids safely attend camps this summer and help assure a more normal return to classrooms next school year, concluded advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Seattle partners with businesses to offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives

The city of Seattle is partnering with local businesses to offer people free stuff in exchange for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Seattle Fire has already partnered with Dick's Drive-In to offer free cheeseburgers for those who show up for their vaccine at the pop-up clinic there. Husky's Deli in West Seattle will offer its popular ice cream to the first 50 people who get their vaccine at the pop-up clinic this Saturday.

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Washington schools should plan for in-person learning this fall, state says

Washington health leaders said Wednesday that K-12 schools should prepare for full-time, in-person learning this fall.

The Washington State Department of Health is expected to release COVID-19 health and safety guidance for the 2021-2022 school year later this week. Read more

Health leaders urge patience ahead of final Pfizer approval for teens

While parents work to get COVID-19 vaccines for their teenagers, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is asking people to be patient as they wait for further guidance. 

The FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids between the ages of 12 and 15 this week. But the DOH is waiting for similar guidance from the CDC and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup before giving their blessing to local providers to start administering doses to teens.

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COVID-19 update from health officials

Washington health officials give an update on the response to COVID-19 in the state.

Speakers include Secretary of Health Umair Shah, Acting State Health Officer Scott Lindquist, Deputy Secretary for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Department of Health Michele Roberts.

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington

Everyone in Washington state aged 16 and over is eligible for the vaccine.

Find a list of vaccine providers on the state's Vaccinate WA page and information on how to make an appointment.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for people 16 and 17 years old, and the state is working to update its Vaccine Locator with information about which vaccine is offered at each location.

More vaccine sites have begun accepting walk-in patients with no appointment necessary, including Seattle's mass vaccine sites at Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach and West Seattle as well as King County's sites at Outlet Collection Way in Auburn, the ShoWare Center in Kent and at the Shoreline Center.

Other health care providers allow people to join waiting lists for the vaccine, and they will contact you when doses are available. Join the waiting list for: