Vaccines open to all as health officials warn of 4th wave

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s health officials say a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations suggest Washington is entering into a 4th wave of the pandemic. On Thursday, around 1.5 million residents will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Officials say the increase in cases is happening statewide. They’ve seen increases in younger age groups, especially people in their teens and 40s and 50s. Officials say the vaccine will help but people should also continue to mask up and avoid unnecessary travel to slow the trend.