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A vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years old is seen June 21, 2022, at Montefiore Medical Group in the Bronx borough of New York. New data from Pfizer and BioNTech show their tot-sized COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as omicron spread in the spring. Vaccinations for babies, toddlers and preschoolers opened in the U.S. in June after months of delay. Pfizer's three-dose version was authorized with only preliminary effectiveness data -- evidence the company updated on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.

Pfizer COVID shots appear 73% effective in children under 5

A vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years old is seen June 21, 2022, at Montefiore Medical Group in the Bronx borough of New York. New data from Pfizer and BioNTech show their tot-sized COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as omicron spread in the spring. Vaccinations for babies, toddlers and preschoolers opened in the U.S. in June after months of delay. Pfizer's three-dose version was authorized with only preliminary effectiveness data -- evidence the company updated on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.

August 23, 2022, 10:56am Health

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was 73% effective in protecting children younger than 5 as omicron spread in the spring, the company announced Tuesday. Read story

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic in Reading, Pa., Sept. 14, 2021. Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, to authorize its combination COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against the newest omicron mutants -- a key step toward opening a fall booster campaign.

Pfizer seeks OK of updated COVID vaccine booster for fall

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic in Reading, Pa., Sept. 14, 2021. Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, to authorize its combination COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against the newest omicron mutants -- a key step toward opening a fall booster campaign.

August 22, 2022, 1:08pm Business

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its combination COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against the newest omicron relatives — a key step toward opening a fall booster campaign. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID activity rate, hospitalizations continue to decrease

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August 18, 2022, 2:16pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate and hospitalizations fell again this week, and the county remains at low risk for disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

Seattle firefighter and EMT Garth Stroyan administers a COVID-19 vaccination for Asya Strounine, 13, at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle on June 10, 2021.

Who is and isn’t getting COVID boosters in Washington — and why that’s causing worry

Seattle firefighter and EMT Garth Stroyan administers a COVID-19 vaccination for Asya Strounine, 13, at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle on June 10, 2021.

August 15, 2022, 6:01am Health

Filled with action figures, stickers and cartoons, Seattle Children’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic has kept busy for months, accommodating hundreds of immunization appointments per week. But staffers have noticed a glaring hole in their schedule recently: Fewer and fewer people are returning for booster shots. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreases; county now at low risk

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August 4, 2022, 3:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreased this week, causing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lower Clark County from medium risk to low risk for disease transmission. Read story

FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to launch.The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service where Americans can request four at-home tests per residential address.

How to order free at-home COVID tests and check their expiration dates

FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to launch.The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service where Americans can request four at-home tests per residential address.

August 2, 2022, 7:31am Health

Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant is driving case numbers past last summer’s delta surge. But luckily, this year there are plenty of ways to stock up on free at-home tests. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 cases fall, area remains at medium risk as hospitalizations rise

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July 28, 2022, 5:36pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreased this week, and the county remains at medium risk for disease transmission. Read story

Visitors Ezekiel Clore, 5, from left, joins his mom, Kendra, and his brother, Jeremiah, 6, as they check out books while wearing masks at Vancouver Community Library on a Friday afternoon.

Should you still be wearing a mask? As COVID rates climb, health experts say the answer is yes

Visitors Ezekiel Clore, 5, from left, joins his mom, Kendra, and his brother, Jeremiah, 6, as they check out books while wearing masks at Vancouver Community Library on a Friday afternoon.

July 28, 2022, 7:30am Health

About four months have passed since Washington’s statewide indoor mask mandate ended, but some local infectious disease experts and state epidemiologists are hoping recent increasing case rates will remind residents not to relax measures too much. Read story

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Clark County still at medium transmission risk, despite rising COVID-19 activity rate

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July 21, 2022, 3:19pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate increased this week, and the county remains at medium risk for disease transmission. Read story

How should the COVID-19 vaccine change as we head to cooler months?

Will Americans have the right COVID-19 vaccine this fall? Maybe

How should the COVID-19 vaccine change as we head to cooler months?

July 17, 2022, 6:00am Health

In a few short months, the weather will turn crisp, the holiday season will draw near, and the coronavirus may embark on its third consecutive winter of death and devastation. Read story