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Washington state speeding up vaccine rollout for state's seniors in 'coming days'

Added 01-15-21 04:23:02pm EST - “A new range of Washington seniors will be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations as new cases continue to climb, the state health officials announced on Wednesday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Washington state speeding up vaccine rollout for state's seniors in 'coming days'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new range of Washington seniors will be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations as new cases continue to climb, the state health officials announced on Wednesday.

Washington is currently in the middle of Tier A1 and A2 of its first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, which include health care workers and long-term care residents and staff.

Tier B1, according to the Washington Department of Health (DOH), will include people 70 years or older and will begin later in January. Those 50 years or older living in multigenerational households will also be eligible for vaccinations.

DOH Secretary of Health Umair Shah said at a Wednesday press conference that Washington's weekly case averages put the state in a concerning situation.

During the first week of January, the state saw a weekly case average of 2,557— or 19% greater than the previous weekly average of 2,132 cases and 16% more than the 2,190 weekly case average before then.

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