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Washougal physician assistant’s license suspended over COVID actions

October 15, 2021, 2:12pm Clark County Health

The Washington Medical Commission suspended the license of Washougal pediatric health care provider Scott C. Miller as of Tuesday. Read story

U.S.: States can order COVID shots for younger kids next week

October 15, 2021, 2:06pm Health

U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized. Read story

FILE - In this March 3, 2021 file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.  U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday, Oct. 15,  to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection.

FDA panel takes up tough questions on J&J COVID-19 boosters

FILE - In this March 3, 2021 file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.  U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday, Oct. 15,  to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection.

October 15, 2021, 7:56am Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. health advisers on Friday tackled who should get boosters of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when — and whether using a competing brand for the second dose might provide better protection. Read story

FDA unlikely to rule on Merck’s COVID pill before December

October 14, 2021, 8:47pm Health

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will ask its outside experts to meet in late November to scrutinize Merck’s pill to treat COVID-19. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

Inslee: Vaccine or negative COVID test required at large events starting Nov. 15

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 14, 2021, 2:50pm Health

OLYMPIA — Starting Nov. 15, people in Washington state will need to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to attend large events, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. Read story

FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

October 14, 2021, 1:05pm Business

U.S. health advisers are debating if millions of Americans who received Moderna vaccinations should get a booster shot -- this time, using half the original dose. Read story

Confronting Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness

Each year, more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, including thousands of women in Washington. In honor of their fight — and as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — The Columbian published this collection of stories about the women who have received breast cancer diagnoses, the science and technological advances for treating them and the community that supports them.

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20 new Clark County COVID-19 deaths reported as new cases continue slow decline

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October 14, 2021, 12:35pm Clark County Health

The rate of COVID-19's spread in Clark County continued a slow decline in the past week, though deaths recorded since Oct. 7 rose to 20, according to Clark County Public Health. Read story

First year nursing student, Emma Champlin, poses for a photo in her clinical laboratory class at Fresno State on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fresno, Calif. Champlin said that like many of her classmates, she saw the pandemic as a chance to learn critical-care skills and to help at a time when those abilities are needed.

Nursing schools see applications rise, despite COVID burnout

First year nursing student, Emma Champlin, poses for a photo in her clinical laboratory class at Fresno State on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fresno, Calif. Champlin said that like many of her classmates, she saw the pandemic as a chance to learn critical-care skills and to help at a time when those abilities are needed.

October 14, 2021, 9:07am Health

STORRS, Conn. — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge. Read story

PeaceHealth, Kaiser report high COVID-19 vaccination rates among staff in Southwest Washington

October 14, 2021, 8:31am Health

LONGVIEW — Two of Longview’s largest medical providers, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, report high COVID-19 vaccination rates after passing deadlines for their own vaccine mandates announced in August. Read story

Kindergarten teacher Chelsea Hendryx shows incoming kindergartner Hakeem Hardnett, how to use the swings during recess at Hazel Dell Elementary School as part of Vancouver Public Schools' Jump Start program. Roughly 900 students across the distric attended Jump Start, a two-week program for students to familiarize themselves with rules and routines of school.

Seattle schools may seek statewide vaccine mandate for all Washington students

Kindergarten teacher Chelsea Hendryx shows incoming kindergartner Hakeem Hardnett, how to use the swings during recess at Hazel Dell Elementary School as part of Vancouver Public Schools' Jump Start program. Roughly 900 students across the distric attended Jump Start, a two-week program for students to familiarize themselves with rules and routines of school.

October 14, 2021, 8:27am Health

SEATTLE — The largest school district in the state is considering asking the state Department of Health to require all Washington students to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Read story