Inslee touts vaccine improvements, urges vigilance

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is touting big improvements in distributing the COVID-19 vaccines, but he’s also urging residents to remain vigilant as new, more contagious variants of the disease spread in the state. Inslee says more than 39,000 doses were administered in Washington on Monday _ a big jump toward the state’s goal of 45,000 per day _ and that the federal government is boosting the supply to the states by 16% over the next three weeks. Still, problems persist, including that many of the people now eligible for the vaccine, including everyone over 65, have had trouble finding appointments to get the shots.