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

Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state on Friday, April 16.

Where can I get vaccinated more quickly in Washington?

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations fill up quickly, usually within a few hours, in metro areas like Everett and Seattle. 

But if you're willing to travel, you might be able to get your shot much more quickly.

In Grays Harbor County, along the Washington coast, there is more vaccine than they can use, right now. On Friday, alone, they have 900 doses available and room for 400 appointments. 

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Persistence, patience key in vaccine hunt

The rush for COVID-19 vaccine appointments is well beyond available supply, which the state has said was slightly suppressed this week because of government supplies.

Seattle has more than 151,000 people on its vaccine waitlist, city officials said, and received about 24,000 doses this week. They offered the following tips on finding an appointment, and asked for patience:

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COVID-19 vaccinations required for Seattle University students this fall

Seattle University (SU) plans to return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. For the campus to safely open, SU said Tuesday all students will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall.

After receiving the vaccine, the university said undergraduate, graduate and professional students must register their vaccination status at SU’s Safe Start Health Check website.

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Senators ask Biden to waive vaccine intellectual property rules

Ten liberal senators are urging President Joe Biden to back India and South Africa’s appeal to the World Trade Organization to temporarily relax intellectual property rules so coronavirus vaccines can be manufactured by nations that are struggling to inoculate their populations. 

A waiver could pave the way for generic or other manufacturers to make more vaccines. 

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King County COVID-19 update

On April 16, King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin gives an update on COVID-19 trends in the county, including cases and hospitalizations.

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