Choose a safe activity as pandemic wanes, vaccinations grow

Soon you can start doing many things that you avoided because of the pandemic. Here's a rundown of risks for a wide range of activities, whether you got a vaccination or not. Plus, see maps showing vaccinations and infections in your county and state.

Washington not yet weighing school COVID vaccine mandate

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say schools in Washington state won’t consider a requirement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines in schoolchildren until a vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA on Monday signed off on emergency…

4 News Now hosting Vaccine Day to inform and provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine

While thousands in our community have had at least one dose of the vaccine, many others have not, either because of lack of access or lack of information about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness. That's why 4 News Now is joining the other Morgan Murphy Media TV stations across the country for a day dedicated to vaccine information.

Drug overdoses skyrocket in Washington amid COVID

SEATTLE (AP) — More people in Washington died of drug overdoses in 2020 than any other year in at least the last decade, according to preliminary data from the state Department of Health. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic likely…

WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the…

Pfizer/BioNTech seek full FDA approval for their Covid-19 vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech has initiated its application to the US Food and Drug Administration for full FDA approval of its Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older, the companies said Friday. This is the first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States to be assessed for full approval from the FDA.