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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Staff Sgt. Travis Snyder, left, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine given at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, south of Seattle. Nurse Jose Picart, right, administered the shot. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, June 17, 2021, announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state's military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn't sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Gov. Inslee said there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery.

 

Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

Four things we can all do to keep our forward momentum

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

 

Comment: Covid threat has eased but too many remain at risk

A new variant, more contagious and dangerous, could gain a foothold among the unvaccinated.

5 Everett residents win vaccine lottery prizes in first week

The next drawing is Tuesday. Meanwhile, vaccine clinics are planned at various sites in Snohomish County.

$250,000 winner in state vaccine lottery collects his check

He won the first of a series of drawings for cash and prizes and says he was already lucky to have avoided COVID.

Cami Feek (Washington State Employment Security Department)

Inslee names new head of ESD; vax lottery winners contacted

The governor chose acting commissioner Cami Feek to lead the Employment Security Department.

Cami Feek (Washington State Employment Security Department)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks on, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle. Durkan and other officials announced Wednesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination site would begin operation at the facility Saturday, and said it would be the largest civilian-led vaccination site in the country. Lumen Field is the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team and the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mayor: Seattle first to fully vaccinate 70% of residents

The city will launch new efforts to support reopening stores, restaurants, and arts and culture programs.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks on, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle. Durkan and other officials announced Wednesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination site would begin operation at the facility Saturday, and said it would be the largest civilian-led vaccination site in the country. Lumen Field is the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team and the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2015, a worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle. On Monday, June 7, 2021, Washington state officials announced that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site, but due to federal law and other complications, it's not clear if any of the state's legal pot shops will participate. A current manager at Ganja Goddess said that they would not be participating because they do not have space to host a clinic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat

Some health care providers are queasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business.

FILE - In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2015, a worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle. On Monday, June 7, 2021, Washington state officials announced that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site, but due to federal law and other complications, it's not clear if any of the state's legal pot shops will participate. A current manager at Ganja Goddess said that they would not be participating because they do not have space to host a clinic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

COVID-19 vaccines are plentiful across Whidbey Island

Even with the availability of vaccines, only 41% of Island County residents are fully vaccinated.

Comment: Must we jump straight from pandemic to pandemonium

We gained some insights by slowing down. Before we go back to ‘normal,’ let’s think this through.

One-time payments of $1,250 proposed for some county workers

Another proposal by County Executive Somers would boost hourly pay by $4 for grocery store workers.

Vaccine lottery promotional (Washington State Governor's Office)

Vaccine lottery’s first $250,000 winner to be picked Tuesday

And marijuana retailers can now offer a free joint to customers who get shots at on-site clinics.

Vaccine lottery promotional (Washington State Governor's Office)
Medical assistant Andreea Marian, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Gabina Morales at a clinic at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Bellingham, Wash. Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announcing a series of giveaways during the month of June that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and game systems. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Lottery may be ticket to get more vaccinated

A vaccine’s protection should be enough, but to get more vaccinated, incentives can and do work.

Medical assistant Andreea Marian, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Gabina Morales at a clinic at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Bellingham, Wash. Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announcing a series of giveaways during the month of June that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and game systems. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A pint of beer sitting on the bar.

Local businesses offer free drinks with proof of vaccination

Here’s where to get a beverage on the house in Snohomish County if you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A pint of beer sitting on the bar.

County airport workers got early shot at vaccinations

In January, though they were ineligible, staff booked shots at Paine Field after the airport director’s go-ahead.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves as he arrives to speak Thursday, June 3, 2021, during a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington will be the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Incentives will include a series of giveaways during the month of June including lottery prizes totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets, and game systems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

As vax rates ease, here come the prizes — including $1 million

Incentives range from big cash drawings to sports tickets and tuition. Drawings start next week.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves as he arrives to speak Thursday, June 3, 2021, during a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington will be the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Incentives will include a series of giveaways during the month of June including lottery prizes totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets, and game systems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Virus study, manipulation need closer oversight

Virus research can lead to scientific breakthroughs, but there have long been concerns about lab leaks.

Washington no longer on pace to beat June 30 vaccine goal

Reaching 70% of adults with at least one shot would trigger the state to drop most COVID-19 restrictions.

Comment: There’s no patriotism in refusing covid vaccine

Protecting ourselves and others in our lives needn’t be political and can show our love of country.

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