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caption: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
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WA awaits Johnson & Johnson vaccine as state surpasses 5,000 Covid deaths

State officials are asking Washingtonians to recognize a moment of silence Thursday to honor more than 5,000 people in the state who have died of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Patty Hayes, the director of Seattle-King County Public Health, says she doesn't know when the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine will arrive locally.

Hayes spoke last night during a virtual town hall meeting.

"What I found out in the last day or two is that the limited doses Washington state got, I'm not even sure if King County's going to get any of them at this point," she said. "And they were the only shipment that is going to come for the entire month."

But the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department says it could start receiving doses as soon as next week.