Updates on availability of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

This article was originally posted on April 20 and was updated on April 26. Further news and updates can be found at www.doh.wa.gov/jjupdate

On April 23, vaccine experts at the CDC voted to end the pause on the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. That means we can safely begin using the J&J vaccine again in Washington state starting April 24.

We paused the use of the J&J vaccine in Washington on April 13. We made this decision after some rare but serious blood clots appeared in a few people that received the J&J vaccine. Safety is always our highest priority…


Now that everyone over 12 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, people are learning about the vaccines to decide if they are ready. We know it can feel overwhelming to sort through all the vaccine information out there. Sometimes, it’s even hard to tell what’s true and what’s not.

That’s why we’ve been sharing answers to some of the common questions we hear at DOH. We want to help you make an informed decision about getting the vaccine. Today, we’re going to address a few more questions. But as always, you should talk to your health care provider if you…


A partir del 17 de marzo, las personas que están embarazadas y que viven en el estado de Washington, son elegibles para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Actualmente existen varias vacunas disponibles para aquellas personas que están embarazadas, así como en período de lactancia. Y, vacunarse es una opción personal.

Aunque en general el riesgo de enfermarse gravemente es bajo, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), informan que las personas embarazadas tienen un riesgo mayor de contraer una enfermedad grave a consecuencia del COVID-19, en comparación con las personas que no están en estado…


For almost two months, people who are pregnant in Washington state have been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. There are currently several vaccines available to people who are pregnant and lactating. And, getting vaccinated is a personal choice.

Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, the CDC is reporting that pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people. Severe illness could mean hospitalization, needing a ventilator for breathing or intensive care.

Initially, the vaccine was not tested on people who were pregnant. New trials have been planned and started…


This story was adapted from the American Heart Association News. Read more stories from heart and stroke survivors.

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At 24, Brianne Cassidy had a stroke that nearly ended her life. Her mother and neighbor saved her life. They recognized the signs of a stroke and called 9–1–1 immediately.

Listen to Brianne’s shocking story about having a stroke at age 24.

Eight years ago, a day of tubing on Puget Sound and a bad spill left Brianne with a headache, but that was to be expected. …


Sabemos que hay mucha información equivocada sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19 trasmitiéndose por distintos medios. Hace unas semanas compartimos respuestas a algunas preguntas e inquietudes frecuentes que hemos estado escuchando aquí en el Departamento de salud, DOH. Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos continuos para disipar los rumores y proporcionar información verdadera y objetiva, ahora nos gustaría responder algunas preguntas más. Pero, como siempre, usted debe hablar con su proveedor de atención médica si tiene otras preguntas, dudas o inquietudes sobre las vacunas. …


Things you can do to improve the air we breathe

Air pollution can affect everyone’s health, especially children, pregnant women, people over 65, and those with heart and lung conditions. Most people experience minor symptoms, like a scratchy throat or headache from poor air quality. But some can also develop severe health responses like shortness of breath, reduced lung function, aggravated asthma, or other respiratory diseases. There are many factors that affect our air quality. But there are also things that we can do to keep Washington’s air clean and ourselves healthy.

Buy local

The things we buy sometimes travel thousands of miles to get to us. And all that travel means…


La cuarta ola de infecciones de COVID-19 amenaza el regreso a la normalidad

La primavera ha traído nuevas esperanzas a Washington. Con más personas vacunándose en nuestro estado, el regreso a la normalidad se siente más cercano que nunca. Pero no podemos entrar a esta nueva etapa hasta que enfrentemos una realidad alarmante.

Estamos viendo una peligrosa tendencia de aumento de casos de COVID-19 en Washington. Y este aumento de casos está ocasionando más hospitalizaciones y muertes, especialmente entre personas más jóvenes. Según los expertos médicos, hemos llegado a una “cuarta ola” de la pandemia en Washington. …


Fourth Wave of COVID-19 Infections Threaten Return to Normal

Spring has brought new hope to Washington. With more people in our state getting vaccinated, a return to normalcy feels closer than ever. But we can’t enter this new beginning until we face a startling reality.

COVID-19 cases are increasing again in Washington. This dangerous trend comes while hospitalizations and deaths are increasing, especially among younger populations. Medical experts say we have reached the ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic in Washington. We have a higher rate of infections than we did in the third wave, and the numbers are increasing daily.

So how did we get here? Even with millions getting vaccinated?


Picture of the National Drinking Water Week award which is in the shape of a blue water droplet.
Picture of the National Drinking Water Week award which is in the shape of a blue water droplet.

Looking back at how difficult this pandemic has been, imagine it without clean, safe water to wash our hands, clean our homes and businesses, cook our food, and fight the wildfires that threatened so many communities around the state. Drinking water professionals in Washington worked hard this past year to ensure that no one would experience water loss — for any reason. In addition to already rigorous duties and workload, they:

  • Developed emergency response plans for staff shortages, infrastructure needs, and financial shortfalls due to the pandemic.
  • Attended extra training and meetings.
  • Learned about available networking.
  • Volunteered to help other…

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