COVID-19

Vaccine Allocation for Veterinary Professionals

  |   COVID-19

Updated: 1/11/2020 Updated advisory on vaccine allocation for veterinarians In our efforts to get veterinary professionals vaccinated, we’ve been told by health officials that we’re not included in Phase 1A, Tier 2, but a later phase to be determined. We’ve already heard from several veterinarians who were approved through the eligibility screening survey, but when they called the location to schedule the vaccination, they were turned away and told veterinarians are not included with the other health care workers. We are advocating diligently to...

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for veterinary professionals

  |   COVID-19, Wellness

As reported last month, the WSVMA has been advocating with Gov. Inslee’s office and with the Wash. Dept. of Health for veterinarians and their teams to be included in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination distribution plan. In late October, we sent a letter and have followed up with them again to reiterate the important reasons why veterinary professionals qualify for early vaccinations. Veterinarians and veterinary teams contribute directly to supporting the food and agriculture industries, providing services that are...

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Survey to assess workflow issues

  |   Continuing Education, COVID-19, Practice Management

We understand that veterinary practices throughout the state have been impacted by Covid-19 and as such workflows and stress levels are near or over capacity. Because of our commitment to veterinarians and veterinary medical professionals throughout the state, we are hoping through this survey to collect information and data that can help share best practices as well as educate our members as we navigate these difficult times. The results from this survey will help guide us in providing programming and speakers that...

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Covid-19 updates from Washington State agencies

  |   COVID-19

The Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 172,437 confirmed cases as of 11:59 pm on December 2. There have been 2,900 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health's dashboard and the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard. COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Department of Health. DOH is hopeful they will have a vaccine to begin administering by mid-December. The federal government is providing an estimate of 62,400 doses...

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WSVMA COVID-19 Webinar – Managing Stress and Anxiety During A Pandemic – Bring your team

  |   Continuing Education, COVID-19

Join us Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 12 pm for an important COVID-19 webinar Managing Stress and Anxiety During A Pandemic. Julie Squires, CCFS, CFC will be our guest speaker. Did you know our brains don’t know the difference between actual and perceived threats? 2020 has certainly given us some of both. Pandemic veterinary practice has alone created so much stress and anxiety not to mention the current state of the world around us. It’s a lot to handle. Learning how to...

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Updated advisory on Governor Proclamation 20-40.2

  |   COVID-19

Upon further review and discussion about Gov. Inslee’s Proclamation 20-24.2 “Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.”, we are pleased to announce to veterinary practices in Washington that non-urgent medical procedures may continue and it is up to you to self-regulate capacity for care based upon parameters outlined in the proclamation. Curbside Practice is Essential It is most critical is that you should continue practicing curbside during this time. We continue to receive reports that some practices...

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Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

  |   COVID-19

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data. WA...

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WSVMA advocates for veterinary professionals to be included in early distribution of eventual coronavirus vaccine

  |   COVID-19

Although there’s no approved Covid-19 vaccine at this time, Washington state now has a draft plan for a fast and effective distribution of a vaccine once it’s available. The plan calls for the first, likely limited phase of distribution to go to high-risk healthcare workers, first responders, other essential workers, people with health issues that put them at higher risk, and adults in long-term care. The second phase would go out more broadly to pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics. The WSVMA...

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WSVMA advocates for veterinary professionals to be included in early distribution of eventual coronavirus vaccine

  |   COVID-19, WSVMA News

Although there’s no approved Covid-19 vaccine at this time, Washington state now has a draft plan for a fast and effective distribution of a vaccine once it’s available. The plan calls for the first, likely limited phase of distribution to go to high-risk healthcare workers, first responders, other essential workers, people with health issues that put them at higher risk, and adults in long-term care. The second phase would go out more broadly to pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics. The WSVMA...

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WSU COVID-19 research tackles the present and future pandemic

  |   COVID-19

From tracking to treatment to prevention, Washington State University scientists are expanding our understanding of the current COVID-19 crisis while helping lead international efforts to identify and stop the next potential pandemic. “Our research response to COVID-19 exemplifies what WSU does so well as a land-grant university: bring the best science to bear on a problem to find practical information and solutions for the people of Washington and the world,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “Science and teamwork are our best...

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