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| Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee has directed his cabinet agencies to implement policies to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Office of Financial Management will begin the process of rulemaking and engage in bargaining with labor.

07/01/2022
Governor's Office

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has extended two emergency orders. His order requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and his order protecting consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 are both extended until July 27.

06/22/2022
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old.

06/21/2022
Governor's Office

Washington continues to perform among the top states in the nation for health care systems, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

06/21/2022
HCA

Several COVID-19 vaccination series for children are being considered for emergency use authorization in the coming days.

06/16/2022

Se está considerando la autorización de uso de emergencia de varias series de vacunas contra el COVID-19 para niños en los próximos días.

06/16/2022

More than $2.4 million is available to Washington seafood processors and processing vessels to provide relief for expenses associated with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/15/2022
Washington State Dept of Agriculture

In March, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the company, asserting it claimed in its marketing that stem cell injections could treat COVID-19 and dozens of other serious medical conditions, including asthma, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, congestive heart failure and multiple sclerosis. There is no reliable clinical evidence stem cell therapy can effectively treat these conditions.

06/09/2022
Washington Attorney General's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the rescission of two COVID-19 emergency orders that are no longer needed to respond to the pandemic.

06/01/2022
Governor's Office

Although the pandemic is ongoing, the deadline is fast approaching for eligible applicants to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for the COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster.

05/31/2022
Washington Emergency Management Division

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has extended two emergency orders. His order requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and his order protecting consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 are both extended until June 27.

05/24/2022
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are now available for children ages 5-11.

05/20/2022

Gov. Jay Inslee issued an update today to Proclamation 21-14.5 which outlines COVID-19 vaccination requirements for several categories of workers, volunteers and contractors engaged in work with public sector agencies, health care delivery and education.

05/20/2022
Governor's Office

Las dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna de Pfizer-BioNTech ya están disponibles para los niños de 5 a 11 años.

05/20/2022

OLYMPIA – A new report shows routine childhood immunization rates decreased during the pandemic, dropping by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic levels.

05/12/2022