The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is celebrating a successful year of WA Notify, the state’s exposure notification app. More than 2.62 million people have enabled it—accounting for more than 43% of all smartphone users in the state.
In a virtual media briefing on Nov. 18, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke about the FDA’s and CDC’s authorization and recommendation for pediatric vaccines for kids ages 5 through 11.
By Mahlon Meyer Northwest Asian Weekly Finally, the death threats have stopped. For most of 2020 and until a new administration came in, Vin Gupta regularly received not only threats but even unmarked packages to his home. Gupta, who is a leading health policy analyst for NBC and MSNBC, has always tried to remain apolitical. […]
By Mahlon Meyer Northwest Asian Weekly The woman’s voice on the phone was eager, intent, and even breathy in its desire to help. “We have nurses that can answer questions, too,” she said. The call center, run by King County, for help with scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations is the latest sign of a pandemic response that […]
Results from a UW Medicine COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match study were reviewed by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel ahead of the group’s decision to authorize mixing and matching of booster shots late last month. “[The] data that we have today shows that it is safe, and also effective at creating a strong […]
As we begin Movember, an annual event to raise awareness for men’s health issues, Dr. Jonathan Chen shared some insights on how men can watch out for prostate cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines about who is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine given after the protection provided by the original shot(s) has begun to decrease over time.
Here is a man who has taken on the burdens of many. And despite the chaos around him manages to remain composed and on task. Umair Shah tells the story of his life despite repeated interruptions, and he models the kind of calm intensity that Washingtonians have become familiar with since he took over as secretary of the department of health in December 2020.
Helen Chu is known as the UW Medicine researcher who stood up to the federal government to identify the first COVID-19 victims in the United States.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has begun offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. At least six months after completing the primary Pfizer vaccine series, […]