The agency said the two-dose vaccine has "met the statutory criteria" to allow the EUA to be amended, and says the "known and potential benefits of this vaccine in individuals 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks."
The FDA action will be followed by the advisory committee's meeting currently set for Wednesday, and if they give the OK, the vaccines can then be distributed. Read more
Doctors in western Washington said Monday that COVID-19 vaccinations may be starting to drive infection rates back down.
Data from the Department of Health shows 56% of Washingtonians age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 43% were fully vaccinated.
After the fourth surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the rate of hospitalizations is now beginning to go down as well, according to DOH data. Read more
The number of robocalls coming into Washington state reached the 2 million mark each day in March of this year, according to the robocall tracking service YouMail.
After a lull during the start of the pandemic, telemarketers are now ringing phones in increasing numbers and frustrated consumers are calling on the government to do something to put a stop to it.
There has been a shortage of qualified nurses for decades, and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) believes the shortage is not coming to an end anytime soon.
So, what is causing the nurse shortage?
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has acknowledged she violated the city's Ethics and Elections Code when she used city funds to help pay for her Tax Amazon initiative, among other things, last year.
Sawant has agreed to pay a $3,515 fine, which equals twice the amount she originally spent, according to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, which finalized the settlement Monday.
Charges were brought against Sawant in February of last year after she used her official city council website to promote the ballot initiative aimed at taxing Amazon and other big businesses in Seattle. Read more
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