Covid-19 (English)

Life Expectancy Among Asian Populations Dropped Three Years During COVID-19

Getting Vaccinated Provides Best Defense to Staying Safer and Keeping Life Expectancy Higher By: Dr. Dali Fan, UC Davis Health Life expectancy has dropped for all Californians during the pandemic, including Asian populations who have historically had the longest life expectancy among all racial groups in the U.S., according to a new study released by the Journal of the American …

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Is Your Child Prepared To Have A Fun & Safe Summer? By We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

Whether it’s participating in a summer learning program, going to camp, or joining a new sports team, summer is an exciting time for children to learn, play, and grow through new experiences. However, if your child has not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine, they may not have the chance to enjoy this special time of year. COVID-19 remains a public …

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Phone-Accessible COVID-19 Updates, Information and Resources Available Daily

The Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Information Hotline can provide general COVID-19 information to callers throughout Washington. The call center operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on observed state holidays. This hotline may be used to request Care Connect services, a program that provides food and other …

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Several Washington Counties Reach High-Risk COVID-19 Community Level, According to CDC

Based on data from June 23, 2022, The Seattle Times reported that six Washington counties—Lewis, Pacific, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Garfield and Spokane counties—had reached a COVID-19 community risk level considered “high.” Counties with a “high” risk level have 200 or more cases or 20 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.   According to the Centers for Disease …

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COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for Infants and Toddlers

Get COVID-19 Facts on Vaccine Safety and Efficacy Great news for Californians and Americans across the country—children 6 months and older can now receive their COVID-19 vaccine and get protected. This highly anticipated announcement could not come at a better time, with summer underway and upcoming travel, get-togethers and celebrations, getting vaccinated is the sure way to protect the entire …

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Joint Statement on Western States Support for Expanded Eligibility for Children 6 Months and Older

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, and Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Public Health Officer, Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement supporting the recommendation by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility Expanded to Include Children 5-11, with Recommendation Strengthened for Older Adults and the Immunocompromised

On May 19, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated COVID-19 vaccination guidance related to booster doses. COVID-19 booster eligibility has been expanded to include everyone ages 5 and older who has received a primary Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series at least five months ago. Additionally, the CDC has strengthened the March 2022 recommendation advising older adults and …

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Physical, Digital and Photocopies of Vaccination Cards Are All Accepted as Proof of Vaccination in Washington State

Several types of proof of COVID-19 vaccination are accepted in Washington State.   First is the vaccination card, which is specific to the COVID-19 vaccine and given to a patient when they receive their first dose. This is different than a vaccine record, which is a more comprehensive record of all immunizations a person has received.   A vaccine card is filled …

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Washington State Insurance Commissioner Extends COVID-19 Testing and Surprise Billing Emergency Orders to May 28

Mike Kreidler, Washington State’s Insurance Commissioner, has extended two emergency orders related to COVID-19 testing. The first order states that health insurers must waive copays and deductibles for any individual requiring COVID-19 testing. The second order protects those who require testing from any unexpected bills related to lab fees associated with COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Both orders have been extended to May 28.  According to …

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Vaccinating Kids 5-11: Parents Share Their Whys

Parents share reasons for giving kids the COVID-19 vaccine By Elliot T. Sumi, MD Pediatrician Across the Golden State, parents are speaking with their pediatricians about getting young children vaccinated against COVID-19. In my examination rooms, parents often have questions about vaccine safety and I’m happy to share how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed and tested, so they can understand …

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