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What we know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Timing, dosage, access in Washington state

February 26, 2021, 7:31am Health

A year after doctors identified an outbreak of coronavirus in the Seattle area, a third vaccine is expected to arrive soon to bolster the arsenal against the virus, now responsible… Read story

Southwest Washington legislators, state to meet over vaccine allocation inequity

February 25, 2021, 5:39pm Clark County Health

A group of legislators from Southwest Washington have secured a meeting with the state Department of Health on Saturday to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine allocation disparity that exists for Clark… Read story

UK: Poorer nations should get ‘gold-standard’ COVAX vaccines

March 1, 2021, 10:36am Health

LONDON — British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Monday that he understood the “conundrum” faced by developing countries as they wait for vital supplies of coronavirus vaccine. Read story

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.  Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021,  that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall, it's about 66% effective and also said J&J's shot, one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two, is safe to use.

J&J’s COVID vaccine could protect millions – if people take it

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.  Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021,  that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall, it's about 66% effective and also said J&J's shot, one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two, is safe to use.

March 1, 2021, 10:21am Health

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine could protect millions more Americans from contracting the coronavirus. The key will be assuring people that the single-shot vaccine is worth taking, as its overall efficacy appears lower than the two-dose ones already on the market in the U.S.J&J’s shot, which U.S. regulators authorized Saturday,… Read story

FILE - This Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 file photo shows influenza vaccine syringes at the L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan's Community Resource Center's Free Drive-Thru vaccination event in Los Angeles. February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors' offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not in 2021. Flu has virtually disappeared, with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

Pandemic’s silver lining: No flu deaths so far this year in Washington

FILE - This Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 file photo shows influenza vaccine syringes at the L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan's Community Resource Center's Free Drive-Thru vaccination event in Los Angeles. February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors' offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not in 2021. Flu has virtually disappeared, with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

March 1, 2021, 9:46am Health

Spokane — No one has died from influenza yet in Washington this year and during the current flu season. Read story

Motorists line up along Yukon Road outside of Ratliff Stadium as they wait to receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic held by the City of Odessa and Medical Center Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Odessa, Texas.

COVID vaccine websites violate disability laws, create inequity for the blind

Motorists line up along Yukon Road outside of Ratliff Stadium as they wait to receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic held by the City of Odessa and Medical Center Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Odessa, Texas.

February 28, 2021, 12:45pm Health

This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. 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.

Residents and staff at Van Mall Retirement received their COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday afternoon, January 22, 2021.

Clark County providers to receive thousands of vaccine doses by next week

Residents and staff at Van Mall Retirement received their COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday afternoon, January 22, 2021.

February 26, 2021, 6:55pm Clark County Health

After weeks of smaller COVID-19 vaccine allocations from the state, thousands of vaccine doses are on their way to Clark County to make up for disparities that have existed in the state’s initial rollout. Read story

This illustration shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Clark County reports 50 new COVID-19 cases, one new death as fall-off in cases ends

This illustration shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

February 26, 2021, 1:29pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 50 new COVID-19 cases and one new death on Friday, as weekly case totals edged upward after weeks of steady declines. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are displayed on a tray at a clinic set up by the New Hampshire National Guard in the parking lot of Exeter, N.H., High School. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna.

Third U.S. vaccine could raise question: Which shots are best?

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are displayed on a tray at a clinic set up by the New Hampshire National Guard in the parking lot of Exeter, N.H., High School. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna.

February 26, 2021, 7:55am Health

WASHINGTON — The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but because at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options, health officials are girding for the question: Which one is best? Read story

Vaccine clinic planned for Clark County Black community

February 26, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center, Odyssey World International Education Services and Bridgeview Resource Center center are teaming up to help vaccinate the local Black community. Read story