The Department of Health is leading with equity to keep Washington healthy

It’s hard to believe we’re already 10 weeks into our COVID-19 vaccination operation. While we have milestones to celebrate like administering over one million vaccine doses, we also have challenges to overcome. This is the first pandemic many of us have ever experienced, and we are in uncharted territory — especially with vaccinations. We know there are a lot of questions out there, especially about vaccine distribution.

Last week, some of our state’s top public health experts teamed up to answer some of those questions during a special Q&A session. …


February is Heart Health Awareness Month

The past year has been a tough one for us all. The massive changes in our work, home, school, and social lives have taken a measurable toll on our everyday health. Some of us responded to feelings of a loss of control by adopting new habits. Like many of us, I tried to cope with the endless changes and the daily monotony by returning to some familiar habits — along with their side effects.

One of these old habits was to put off seeing the doctor. Whether you see a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or a doctor, your primary care…


The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Washington, and with it, a lot of questions. You may have read our earlier post about Understanding Phase Finder, the online tool that clarifies if you’re currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

But understanding your current vaccine eligibility is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s natural to have other questions about the vaccine along the way. And when it comes to vaccines, like many other complicated health topics, the line between fact and fiction can quickly get blurred.

That’s where CovidVaccineWA.org comes in. Think of CovidVaccineWA.org as your all-in-one hub for the most…


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La información sobre la salud mental y el cuidado de uno mismo ha estado apareciendo en todas partes a medida que enfrentamos colectivamente los impactos de la pandemia del COVID-19. Los conceptos de moda que siguen apareciendo para describir lo que las personas están viviendo en este momento son: “el agotamiento”, “la fatiga de la compasión” y “la resiliencia”, -que es la resistencia y flexibilidad para superar situaciones adversas-. Comprender estas experiencias puede ayudarnos a cuidar de nosotros mismos en los próximos meses de este nuevo año.

En este episodio de nuestra serie de podcasts “Cómo sobrellevar el COVID-19” Coping…


Es momento para empezar a pensar en conseguir su segunda dosis.

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La vacuna COVID-19 le enseña al sistema inmunitario a reconocer el coronavirus. Cuando recibe la vacuna, el sistema inmunitario produce anticuerpos o “células de combate” que permanecen en su cuerpo para protegerle del virus. Como resultado, usted obtiene protección contra la enfermedad sin enfermarse.

La primera dosis de la vacuna ayuda a su cuerpo a empezar a hacer anticuerpos y provee cierta protección contra el COVID-19. La segunda dosis le da a su cuerpo otra oportunidad de producir aún más anticuerpos para combatir el virus. …


It’s normal to have questions and concerns.

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We all want protection from the COVID-19 virus, but some may feel a little uneasy about getting a vaccine. You might have concerns about allergic reactions or your health conditions, and you just want to know if the vaccine is safe. Maybe, you’re waiting to see what happens when other people get the vaccine. You might even wonder if you should get a vaccine at all. Well, you’re not alone! These are all valid concerns. It’s completely normal to have questions and concerns about the vaccines. After all, they are new.

Here are some things to consider when thinking about…


Los expertos monitorean la seguridad de las vacunas

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Todos queremos protección contra el virus COVID-19, sin embargo, puede ser que estemos algo nerviosos por aplicarnos la vacuna. Es posible que le preocupen los efectos secundarios luego de ser vacunado: reacciones alérgicas o algún problema de salud; pero usted solo quiere saber si la vacuna es segura; o está esperando saber qué reacciones ocurren cuando otras personas se la pongan. Incluso podría preguntarse si debería ponerse la vacuna o no. Bueno, no está solo cuando piensa en esto. Todas estas preocupaciones son válidas. Es completamente normal estar inquieto y tener preguntas sobre las vacunas. …


If you feel depressed or anxious right now, you are not alone. In Washington, about three million people are feeling it too, and that number will likely go up in the dark winter months. To take care of yourself and the people you love, it helps to understand depression and anxiety — the symptoms, how to cope, and when to get help.

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In this episode of the Washington State Department of Health behavioral health podcast on coping with COVID-19, Kira Mauseth, PhD and Doug Dicharry, MD discuss how depression and anxiety can show up during a disaster, and simple steps…


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Our COVID-19 vaccination numbers are rising every week! In fact, we recently vaccinated our one millionth Washington resident, and thousands more are getting the vaccine every day. If you already got your first shot (or dose), it’s time to start thinking about getting your second one. Even though planning for it might add to your to-do list, please don’t skip it! You need both doses of the vaccine to get the best protection against COVID-19.

Get both doses for the most protection

There are only two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States. These vaccines, produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and…


We’re on our way to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the persistence and patience of everyone in Washington.

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Today, after only eight weeks since the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Washington, we reached a major milestone. Today, we can proudly announce that health care providers have administered over one million vaccine doses across our state. This number includes first and second doses.

This is a momentous achievement that definitely deserves celebration! But, the work isn’t over — in fact, we are just getting started.

We achieved this significant milestone thanks to the incredible efforts of our healthcare workers and volunteers. …

Washington State Department of Health

Protecting and improving the health of people in Washington State.

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