As of yesterday, April 15, 2021, everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one in Washington.
“Globally, and in many African countries, women have borne the brunt of the harmful effects of the pandemic. They have had limited to no access to essential maternal and child health services for a significant time period as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and scarce resources in already overstretched hospitals and health centers,” Eden Ahmed Mdluli, Senior Technical Officer for Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health at Project HOPE, wrote in the release.
The Washington State Department of Health and Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC), following the guidance of the CDC and FDA, has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine until further notice.
Always remember, that the strategy for beating this thing centers on something known as herd immunity. I’m sure you’ve heard that word by now. The is when the entire population is protected from the virus because enough of the general population has either been vaccinated or previously infected by the virus and developed natural antibodies. Needless to say, with a virus as deadly as COVID-19, we certainly don’t want to sit and watch enough folks get infected and hope enough of them don’t die to contribute to our herd immunity goal. That means we have to rely on the success of the vaccine campaign.
“While the Affordable Care Act has greatly reduced the number of older adults who are uninsured, coverage has remained unaffordable for far too many people aged 50-64, including many from multicultural communities,” said Edna Kane-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer of AARP.
Even though Willie Parish, Jr., pictured above, is tethered to the dialysis machine for four hours a day, three days a week, he leads a very full life as the head of Bread of Life Mission in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and spends as much time as possible with his four grandkids.
The City of Seattle is opening vaccination appointments between March 9 – March 13 at its Community Testing and Vaccination Hubs in Rainier Beach and West Seattle to 65 and older adults who live in Seattle with a focus on residents in West Seattle, South Seattle, and Central Seattle.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Governor Jay Inslee have set a date for advancing to the next phases of vaccine eligibility, making the life-saving shot available to more people in the coming weeks.
“We know that before the passage of the ACA, people of color accounted for 54 percent of the uninsured in the United States, even though they only make up 35 percent of the population. Black women and other women of color — who already face systemic barriers to accessing health care — were disproportionately impacted,” Howell determined.
“COVID-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, and if adequate steps are not taken, this number will continue to grow. As we have seen, COVID-19 does not discriminate, it does not respect borders, and it does not behave according to our timelines,” said Dr. James Hildreth.
“Seattle’s road to recovery starts with vaccinations. We can’t safely come together again as a city and a community until the vast majority of us are vaccinated, and that includes our younger residents,” said Durkan. “The City is proud to immediately begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to youth throughout our region, and we’ll continue to come up with creative ways to bring the vaccine directly to our communities.”
The CDC has updated its Covid-19 pandemic guidelines, now saying that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or socially distance indoors or outdoors. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers your questions on what the new CDC recommendations mean for Americans, and also discusses his new feature documentary, "Race for The Vaccine."
“Our dad, Dr. Herbert Oye, is a Nigerian immigrant. Upon moving to the United States, he attended medical school and has worked tirelessly to build his own Vascular Surgery practice,” the young physicians wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Dad has since opened a hospital back in Nigeria and splits his time between the United States and Nigeria. We are all currently in the medical field as a second-, third- and fourth-year medical student and a first year Internal Medicine Resident.”
According to Inslee, the full reopening of the state could happen prior to June 30 if 70% or more of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiate vaccination. Washington has administered over six million doses of vaccine, and 56 percent of Washingtonians have initiated vaccination.