Washington to focus on 2nd COVID-19 doses next week

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state health officials said Friday the state will focus on administering second COVID-19 vaccine doses next week and because of that, appointments to get a first dose next week will be limited. The Department of Health says providers requested about 170,000 second doses for next week which is significantly higher than the state’s allocation of 92,325 second doses. The difference is likely because some providers in Washington used doses of vaccine intended to complete the two-dose vaccine series as an initial dose in January. Unfortunately, officials said, this means a portion of next week’s available first doses will need to be used to fully vaccinate these people.