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

Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state on Monday, May 3.

FDA could authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 to 15 by next week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could give the go-ahead in the next couple of weeks for children as young as 12 years old to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, according to multiple news reports.

The New York Times, citing federal officials familiar with the FDA's plans, said the vaccine would get authorization for children between the ages of 12 and 15 by early next week. WABC in New York, citing health experts, said the move could come this week. Read more

 

University of Washington requiring student vaccinations

The University of Washington is requiring all students on its three campuses to be vaccinated before starting fall quarter.

“Widespread vaccination is the only real way we can put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and return to a more normal way of living, learning and working,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce wrote in a message to the University community. “Our community is one that cares — about each other and about the state and society we serve. For your health, and for the health of us all, please get vaccinated as soon as you can.”

Decisions about vaccine requirements for faculty and staff are being reviewed in consultation with school leadership and the state. Read more

'Vaccinated-only' sections at Washington sporting events, churches can be seated at full capacity 

Updated guidelines for spectator events and churches in Washington now allow venues to designate "vaccinated sections" within their facilities that can be seated at full capacity. 

Under the new guidelines, spectators must present proof they're fully vaccinated in order to be admitted to the vaccinated-only section. Vaccination cards, a photo of a vaccination card or an immunization record will be accepted as proof. Read more

COVID-19 shots being offered at Seattle Sounders home games

Fans attending Seattle Sounders home games at Lumen Field can get their COVID-19 vaccine while they're at it.

Beginning Sunday, May 2, people 18 and older attending a Sounders home game can receive free COVID-19 shots with no appointments necessary. Vaccinations will be available starting when gates open through the end of the match.

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Eastside COVID-19 pop-up clinic aimed at increasing vaccination rate among Latino community

At times during this pandemic, the Latino population has been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.

On Sunday afternoon outside the Centro Cultural Mexicano in Redmond, a line began to form at a pop-up clinic aimed at boosting the vaccination rate among the Latino community.

"I’m a little nervous to get a shot, but at the same time, I know that I’m going to get it,” said Renton resident Martha Rubeo.

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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.

Several 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:

LIST: Mass COVID-19 vaccine sites in western Washington