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The Washington State Department of Commerce will open applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com.

03/23/2021
Commerce

The Yakima Valley has been selected for a six-week federal mass vaccination program that will used fixed and mobile operations to administer more than 1,000 doses a day.

03/22/2021
Governor's Office

A Pilot Community Vaccination Center (CVC) will open in Yakima, Wash., on March 31 to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations to Yakima’s historically underserved communities at high risk of infection.This joint effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) and Emergency Management Division (EMD), Yakima Health District, and Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management will include a fixed, drive-thru vaccination site at the Central Washington State Fair Park as well as mobile vaccination units.

03/22/2021
Washington Emergency Management Division

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH, por su sigla en inglés) está orgulloso del éxito que continúan teniendo los cuatro centros de vacunación masiva del estado. 

03/20/2021

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is proud of the success our four state-led mass vaccination sites continue to achieve.

03/20/2021

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 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 April 18, 2021. 

03/19/2021
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Gov. Jay Inslee today rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. 

03/19/2021
Governor's Office

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH, por su sigla en inglés) continúa avanzando en sus iniciativas (solo en inglés) para la distribución y administración de la vacuna contra la COVID-19.

03/18/2021

El Centro del Sistema de Mando y Coordinación de Acciones de Vacunación (VACCS, por su sigla en inglés) continúa reuniendo a los grandes y pequeños empleadores de la región noroeste para un objetivo común: ayudar a todos los residentes elegibles de Washington a vacunarse.

03/18/2021

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 20, as well as upcoming vaccine eligibility expansion, including restaurant workers and Washingtonians 60 and older. 

03/18/2021
Governor's Office

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a consumer alert today to set the record straight about vaccines affecting life insurance policies and payouts. 

03/18/2021
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

As of March 13, more than 2,517,506 doses of vaccine have been given across the state, which is nearly 80% of the 3,165,350 doses that have been delivered to our providers and long-term care programs. Washington is currently averaging 44,165 vaccine doses given each day.

03/18/2021

The Vaccine Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center continues to bring large and small Northwest employers together for a common goal: to help all eligible Washingtonians get vaccinated.

03/18/2021

Proclamation 20-49, et seq., which generally prohibits garnishment for consumer debt in certain circumstances, is updated by replacing the specific reference to "federal stimulus payments" with "federal payments of any kind issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

03/17/2021
Governor's Office

In February 2021, Jeremy Pangelinan, Muckleshoot Tribe’s health clinic manager, reached out to the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, to express the Muckleshoot Tribe’s interest in gifting a portion of their allocated COVID-19 vaccine doses to incarcerated members of the Muckleshoot Tribe.

03/17/2021
Department of Corrections