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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, April 13.

Ages 16 and over eligible for vaccine on Thursday; Washington state health officials ask for patience

On Thursday, every person in Washington 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Under Washington's vaccine timeline, the initial target date was May 1. However, Governor Jay Inslee announced the state was moving up the eligibility date partially due to the "disturbing trend" of rising cases in areas of the state. 

In a media briefing Wednesday, Secretary of Health Umair Shah said rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Washington could represent the beginning of a fourth wave of the pandemic. 

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US officials seek more data on rare clots before next steps amid paused Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. health officials are weighing the next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — a one-dose shot that many countries were eagerly awaiting to help speed virus protection.

US health advisers say they will be looking for more data on the rare clots before they decide on the next steps for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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Pausing use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine may not be without consequence in Washington state

The statewide pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shut down the Angel of the Winds Arena vaccination site in downtown Everett - the only one in the county that offers that vaccine.

People arrived at the site Tuesday morning thinking they were going to get their vaccination, only to find the doors closed.

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Pfizer to deliver more COVID vaccines than planned by May, CEO says

On the same day the U.S. recommended a “pause” in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, Pfizer's CEO announced his company is increasing production of its own vaccine and deliver its promised amount ahead of schedule. 

Albert Bourla tweeted that Pfizer "can deliver 10% more doses to the US by the end of May than previously agreed (total of 220M) & supply the full 300M agreed on for the end of July two weeks early." 

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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. 

Through Wednesday, April 14, the state is in 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)

On Thursday, April 15, everyone in Washington state aged 16 and over will be eligible for the vaccine.

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