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Letters to the Editor for May 13, 2021
Author: camaspost_admin

Camas parents angry about masks, equity curriculum urged to ‘gather true facts’

Several parents of Camas students appeared at the School Board Meeting on Monday, May 10. They angrily objected to the Inclusive Curriculum policy the district has adopted, as well its mask-wearing requirements, which prevent COVID-19 transmission to students and teachers as long it remains a risk. 

Their presentations were loud, well-organized and applauded by a group of supporters. However, no speaker offered any reasonable rationale in support of their opposition. Their remarks were based on misinformation and alternative facts that frequently appear on social media. 

It is unfortunate that these parents do not understand and support the careful research the school district has done, in promoting principles of diversity and inclusion, which benefit all students — white and non-white, male and female, able-bodied and disabled, gifted and special-needs. 

Also, the district is to be applauded for working diligently to make education available to all students as long as COVID-19 remains a risk, while protecting students and teachers from contracting the disease by requiring masks. The objections of those who testified Monday evening were entirely baseless. 

I urge those parents to gather the true facts and reconsider their angry opposition. Their children deserve that reconsideration.

Sandra Gangle,

Camas       

We must all keep disinformation in check this election season

With the local candidate declaration period ending on May 21, we will soon know — save last-minute write-in candidates — who plans to compete for more than a dozen open positions on Camas-Washougal city councils, school boards and commissions in the August primary and November general elections. 

And if the recent performance in front of the Camas School Board — during which an organized group of Camas parents flagrantly thumbed their noses at the district’s COVID-19 safety precautions by refusing to wear masks at the indoor meeting, railed against “liberal, woke agendas” and told the school board “the community is coming for them” — is any indication, we’re all in for a wild ride this election season.

As always, we will stick to traditional reporting techniques to bring Camas-Washougal voters the most accurate and pertinent facts regarding the candidates. 

Traditionally, this involves a one-on-one interview with every candidate; reporting on town halls, debates and candidate forums; reminding readers of incumbent candidates’ voting records and public stances on various issues; and digging into public records to find out who is funding local campaigns. 

One of the things we will not do in this newspaper this election season is give a blank platform to candidates peddling blatantly false claims like some of the ones we heard this week at the Camas School Board’s May 10 meeting

If candidates want to claim there are cures for COVID-19 or that the coronavirus does not harm children or that the intention of the Camas School District’s equity policy (which has now been through nearly five years’ worth of fine-tuning and reworking thanks to frequent community meetings with Camas students, families, teachers and administrators) is to teach children how to be racist — all of which are demonstrably false — we will do our best to counter disinformation with provable facts. 

Our job as journalists is to help our readers have the best, most accurate information available and to hold people in power accountable. 

Newspaper staffs across the nation have seen some drastic cutbacks over the past decade, and many are, thanks to a drop in advertising revenue during the pandemic, now operating with a skeleton crew. At the Post-Record, we are now down to just two people on our editorial team and are working harder than ever to cover news that is important to the people who live and work in East Clark County. 

Even with a reduced staff, however, we will try our best to correct election-season misinformation that can spread like wildfire thanks to social media platforms like Nextdoor and Facebook, which do not hold people accountable for spreading false or half-true information.

The May 10 Camas School Board meeting was likely a taste of what’s in store for Camas-Washougal school boards and city councils this election season. We already know there is a well-funded, far-right-wing misinformation campaign trying to equate critical race theory — an academic theory first crafted by civil rights activists in the 1970s that seeks to examine how systemic racism continues to impact the daily lives and well-being of Americans who identify as Black, indigenous and/or people of color — with “socialism,” “Marxism,” “racism,” “liberal agenda” and other buzzwords intended to confuse voters and, ultimately, replace incumbent school board members with people who want to scrap school equity policies and send public education back to the dark ages, when the only history being taught in our K-12 schools (like the one this editor attended in 1980s Appalachian Pennsylvania) was a history where white males ruled supreme and all other perspectives were either ignored completely or given a tiny box on one page of a 350-page textbook.

The folks who are so upset by “critical race theory” are not a grassroots group that has popped up in response to a problem. Rather, they are following a disinformation campaign that has, according to a May 7, 2021 article in The Atlantic, become “the latest in a long line of racialized topics (Fox News) has jumped on” with the right-wing media platform mentioning “critical race theory” at least 150 times since June 2020. 

Former president Donald Trump signed an executive order in September 2020 banning “diversity and race sensitivity training” in government agencies and disallowed any government “spending related to any training on critical race theory.” 

And other politicians are now crafting bills intended to shut down all talk of white supremacy or systemic racism in schools and state government agencies — all of which will likely be deemed unconstitutional for violating the freedom of speech rights guaranteed in the First Amendment. 

But why is there such anger over a theory that seeks to examine and help undo hundreds of years of systemic racism? 

As the legal director of the ACLU of New Hampshire told The Atlantic, the people who are trying to convince us that CRT is evil are simply trying to stop our young people from having conversations about systemic racism — which pervades every aspect of life in this nation, from our educational institutions, where decades worth of research showing white teachers are more likely to punish Black children and less likely to place Black and Latino students in advanced classes; to our medical institutions, where Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die after giving birth in this country than white mothers, regardless of socioeconomic status; to our legal institutions, where Black inmates regularly serve more time in prison than white inmates found guilty of committing the same crimes. 

“What these bills are designed to do is prevent conversations about how racism exists at a systemic level in that we all have implicit biases that lead to decisions that, accumulated, lead to significant racial disparities,” the ACLU legal director told The Atlantic. “The proponents of this bill want none of those discussions to happen. They want to suppress that type of speech.”

We trust the majority of Camas-Washougal voters will not be fooled by the misinformation campaign surrounding “critical race theory” this election season. 

Likewise, we know local residents will realize that public health mandates meant to keep COVID-19 — a virus that has killed nearly 300 children in the United States and recently led to the death of a 46-year-old teacher in nearby Estacada, Oregon — from spreading unchecked inside our schools, is not a new, grassroots movement, but one that far-right groups and politicians have been pushing since the start of the pandemic — and one that is filled with some truly astounding misinformation about masks and fear-mongering over the COVID-19 vaccines.  

We trust the majority of local voters will seek out legitimate news sources this election season. As the area’s newspaper of record, the Post-Record editorial team will do our best to help bring voters the facts they need to make informed choices and elect people who will help lead Camas and Washougal into a brighter future. 

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Juneteenth becomes an official, paid holiday for state employees in Washington
Author: Amanda Zhou

Juneteenth, a day commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, was already a state holiday but now it's also a paid day off for state workers in Washington, starting in 2022.

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FAA approves Boeing fix for jets grounded by electrical flaw
Author: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a Boeing procedure to fix about 100 jets that have been idled for the past month because of improper electrical grounding of some components, and some of the planes could be flying again in the next few days.

A Boeing spokesman said Thursday that the company issued service bulletins to airlines and will help them perform the work to fix the planes.

The approval by the Federal Aviation Administration came shortly after the agency’s administrator, Stephen Dickson, told a congressional panel he had “absolute confidence” in the safety of the Max and that fixing the latest problem with the troubled jetliner would be “pretty straightforward.”

Southwest Airlines, the biggest customer for Boeing 737 jets including the Max, estimates that the work will take two to three days per plane. The airline expects to complete the work on its 32 grounded planes in about three weeks, a spokesman said.

American Airlines, which has 18 planes sidelined by the electrical issue, and United Airlines, with 17 grounded Max jets, said they expect those planes to resume flying in the coming days but were not more specific. Alaska Airlines has four grounded Max jets.

The timing of FAA approval is a boost to both Boeing – which is preparing to resume cash-generating deliveries of recently built Max jets – and its airline customers. Airlines can now plan on having the planes to help meet rising demand and expanding flight schedules heading into the peak summer-travel season.

The electrical issue affecting a backup power unit and other components was another setback for Boeing’s best-selling plane.

It came just a few months after the planes resumed flying following two deadly crashes and a 20-month worldwide grounding of all Max jets. The electrical issue appeared to be unrelated to the automated flight-control system that played a role in the crashes.

Dickson said Wednesday that the FAA is looking into how the electrical problem surfaced after Boeing made changes on its production line.

Boeing says that since the planes resumed flying late last year, they have made 30,000 flights for 21 different airlines without incident.

Shares of Boeing Co. rose 1% in midday trading after being up about 4% earlier in Thursday’s session.

Gas crunch continues across much of U.S. after pipeline hack
Author: TOM FOREMAN JR., JEFF MARTIN and BEN FINLEY, Associated Press

CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — Gas pumps remained shrouded by plastic bags Thursday at thousands of service stations across more than a dozen U.S. states, but the situation could improve as a pipeline company reported “substantial progress” in resuming operations after a computer hack led to its shutdown.

Despite signs of progress in restarting the pipeline, nearly 70% of North Carolina’s gas stations on Thursday were still without fuel, as were about half the stations in South Carolina and Georgia, GasBuddy.com reported.

Drivers on the East Coast were also having trouble, with more than half the stations tapped out in Virginia. Washington, D.C., was among the hardest-hit places Thursday, with 73% of stations out, the site’s tracking service showed.

“I can’t get paid until my customers get their products,” said Mary Goldburg of Norfolk, Virginia, whose job includes delivering T-shirts for events and other promotional products.

In a Thursday update, the Georgia-based pipeline company said gasoline delivery is now underway in most of its markets.

The Colonial Pipeline stretches from Texas to New Jersey, but the northeastern U.S. has seen fewer disruptions since those states are supplied more by other sources such as ocean tankers.

Gas is flowing again across most of the Deep South, and other parts that were offline in the Mid-Atlantic region were expected to become operational later Thursday, the company said.

“We are not out of the woods yet, but the trees are thinning out,” Richard Joswick, global head of oil analytics at S&P Global Platts said in an email. He estimates that full recovery for the East Coast and Gulf Coast will take a couple of weeks at least due to lags and limits for all shipping options.

The cybersecurity attack on the Colonial Pipeline forced a temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline, prompting panic-buying and long lines that quickly wiped out supplies around the southeastern U.S. The company resumed pipeline operations late Wednesday, but said it would take several days for deliveries to return to normal.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. officials do not believe the Russian government was involved in the Colonial Pipeline hack, but “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia. That’s where it came from.”

The U.S. had been in direct communication with Moscow about the need to take action against ransom networks, Biden said. The FBI has said the ransomware belonged to a criminal syndicate known as DarkSide.

In Virginia, the run on gas prompted an urgent warning Thursday that people should never siphon gasoline after calls in recent days about people being poisoned.

There have been a handful of cases in the region covered by the Blue Ridge Poison center at UVA Health, including a significant one Wednesday that prompted the warning, said Dr. Chris Holstege, the center’s medical director.

A man using an opaque hose to siphon gasoline from a vehicle sucked gasoline right into his lungs, causing significant distress, Holstege said. He is expected to recover and didn’t have to go to intensive care, he said.

The governors of both North Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency to help ensure access. Other governors urged people not to hoard supplies.

“Now that Colonial has restarted pipeline operations, we will see a gradually increasing return to normal conditions that will take several days,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Thursday.

The Colonial Pipeline delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. There is no gasoline shortage, according to government officials and energy analysts, just delays in delivering the fuel from Gulf Coast refineries.

The distribution problems have been fraying nerves.

Two people were charged with assault after spitting in each other’s faces over spots in a line at a Marathon station in Knightdale, outside Raleigh, on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

In Walton County, Georgia, paramedic Jeff Lisle had just under a quarter-tank of gas in his Jeep and found a small amount in the cans he uses for his lawnmower in case he needed the extra boost to get to work.

The shutdown even affected hikers long the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. They depend on cars and vans to access the trail and get supplies.

“Everybody’s out here buying from the same gas pumps, so the lines are long, some are out — you’ve really got to look for it,” said Ron Brown, who operates Ron’s Appalachian Trail Shuttles.

In Georgia, racetracks and other entertainment venues rely on many fans who drive from surrounding states such as Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, and the concern is that higher gas prices – or shortages – might keep fans at home.

“Fuel prices do affect the amount of people who come, especially long distances,” said Sydney Marshall, general manager of the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia, and the Orlando Speed World Dragway in Florida. “It’s definitely a concern of mine because if there’s a gas shortage, people aren’t going to be able to get here.”

Vancouver police investigate drive-by shooting, road rage incident
Author: Jessica Prokop

Police are investigating a road rage incident Wednesday evening on northbound Interstate 205 that ended with shots fired in the Vancouver Mall neighborhood.

A male was reportedly involved in the road rage incident around 7:20 p.m. with a light blue, two-door Honda Civic, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department.

The incident ended near the 7500 block of Northeast 41st Street with the suspect firing multiple rounds at the victim’s vehicle. At least one round hit the victim’s vehicle, but he was uninjured, the news release states.

The suspect driver was described as a white male in his late 20s, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the police department’s tip line at 360-487-7399.

Amazon seeks to hire 75,000; offers $100 to vaccinated hires
Author: JOSEPH PISANI, , AP Retail Writer,

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is seeking to hire 75,000 people in a tight job market and is offering bonuses to attract workers, including $100 for new hires who are already vaccinated for COVID-19.

The jobs are for delivery and warehouse workers, who pack and ship online orders. Amazon, which already pays at least $15 an hour, gave out raises for some of its workers last month, and the company said Thursday that new hires will make an average of $17 an hour.

The hiring spree comes as the company gears up for Prime Day next month, its popular sales event that has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year for Amazon.

Amazon didn’t say if it is having trouble finding workers, but other companies have said they are as Americans start heading out again. There’s many reasons for the worker shortage: Some are fearful they’ll get sick with coronavirus; others have child care issues and need to stay home to watch their children; and some businesses don’t pay enough to go beyond the extra $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit.

McDonald’s, Chipotle and other companies have announced pay hikes to try and lure workers back. Besides the $100 bonus for vaccinated new hires, Amazon said it will also offer a separate $1,000 sign-on bonus to attract new workers in many parts of the country.

Mandy of its job openings are in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., which has more than 1.2 million employees worldwide, is the second-largest private employer in the U.S. after retailer Walmart.

Last year alone, Amazon hired 500,000 people to keep up with a surge of orders during the pandemic as more people stayed home and shopped online.

Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use
Author: MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.

But the company suing Powell over her baseless claims of a rigged presidential election says the true beneficiary of her social welfare organization is Powell herself.

Dominion Voting Systems claims Powell has raided Defending the Republic’s coffers to pay for personal legal expenses, citing her own remarks from a radio interview. The Denver-based voting technology vendor sued Powell and others who spread false claims that the company helped steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump.

“Now, Powell seeks to abuse the corporate forms she created for her law firm and fundraising website to hide funds that she raised through her defamatory campaign, shielding those funds from the very company that was harmed by the defamatory campaign,” Dominion lawyers wrote in a May 5 court filing.

The dispute shines a light on how Trump allies continue to support, spread and allegedly profit from lies about fraud in the 2020 election. Although the election is settled, and all major court challenges have been dismissed, Powell’s legal defense fund continues to raise money, with help from conspiracy-minded supporters like QAnon adherents.

Her group will receive a cut of proceeds from ticket sales for a Memorial Day weekend conference in Dallas called the “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” the event’s website says. Some leading purveyors of far-right conspiracy theories are headliners, including Powell, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood and former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.

Event organizer John Sabal, known as “QAnon John” to followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, declined to explain the decision to financially support Powell’s nonprofit, also known as DTR, but said the money isn’t for her personal benefit.

“As far as I know, DTR is benefiting a bunch of different causes. Those I will not speak on, but you can talk to her about that,” he said.

Powell didn’t respond to interview requests, but one of her attorneys said she denies Dominion’s accusations. Powell’s personal legal bills are covered by her malpractice carrier, and her nonprofit has a proper corporate structure with a board of directors, said her lawyer, Howard Kleinhendler.

“She does not have unfettered control over its funds or how the funds are spent,” Kleinhendler wrote in an email. “DTR intends to comply with all federal and state filing requirements when they are due. At that time you as well as the rest of the world will see the necessary financials.”

Trump and his allies filed more than 50 lawsuits in multiple states over the election and lost at every turn. Powell and Rudy Giuliani were among the lawyers behind the cases claiming a conspiracy by Democrats, despite Republican state leaders, and Trump’s own attorney general and other administration officials, publicly stating there was no major election fraud. Powell appeared with Giuliani at a press conference and made multiple TV appearances.

But after Powell threatened to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing, the Trump legal team distanced itself from her, saying she was not working on their behalf. She later made the comment on how she would release “the Kraken,” an apparent reference to the film “Clash of the Titans” in which Zeus gives the order to release the mythical sea monster.

In a November interview, Powell noted she was not being paid by the Trump campaign but “by the people of the United States of America.”

Tickets for the Dallas conference cost $500 for general admission and $1,000 for VIP passes. The event’s website doesn’t name other beneficiaries or specify how much money goes to Powell’s nonprofit. Much of the conference was supposed to be held at a complex called Gilley’s Dallas, but Sabal said the venue canceled his booking after news coverage of the event’s QAnon connections.

QAnon followers believe Trump has been secretly fighting a cabal of Satan-worshipping “deep state” enemies, prominent Democrats and Hollywood elites operating a child sex trafficking ring.

Logan Strain, a conspiracy theory researcher who co-hosts the “QAnon Anonymous” podcast, said Powell has appeared on QAnon promoters’ YouTube channels and is viewed as a “hero of the republic” among QAnon followers. It wouldn’t surprise Strain if Powell is trying to harness the movement as a fundraising source.

“There is a great deal of money to be made in promoting and catering to QAnon,” he said. “This is why a lot of people suspected it was sort of a money-making grift, at least in part, from the beginning.”

Defending the Republic describes itself as a 501(c)4 nonprofit, but it isn’t listed in an IRS database of tax-exempt organizations. Groups recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(4) are exempt from paying taxes on income, including donations, but those donations aren’t tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Powell’s website says donors can mail checks to an address in West Palm Beach, Florida, that corresponds with a UPS Store. Under the same address, Defending the Republic Inc. registered in February with Florida’s Division of Corporations as a nonprofit formed for “social welfare purposes.”

Records link other leading conspiracy theorists from Trump’s orbit to Powell’s nonprofit. Powell, Wood, Flynn and Flynn’s brother, Joseph, were named as directors of Defending the Republic in December 2020 filings with the Texas secretary of state’s office.

Joseph Flynn said in a text message that he’s no longer a director but declined to explain why.

“We are not interested in talking to the fake news media,” Flynn wrote.

Wood recalls Powell asking him to serve as a director, but said he hasn’t done any work on the nonprofit.

“She didn’t follow up with me about it,” he said,

Articles of incorporation filed in Florida in February listed MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell as a director. But Lindell said he asked to be removed as a director of Defending the Republic after less than one week because he decided to form his own legal defense fund. Lindell is also being sued by Dominion.

“I went on my own because I don’t have time for other people’s stuff. I want to focus on what I’m doing,” Lindell said.

Defending the Republic’s chairman and CEO is former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, whose comments about the “deep state” led to his resignation from the company in 2019.

To support its claim that Powell is using nonprofit money for her personal legal defense, Dominion cited her remarks during a Dec. 29 appearance on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” Powell told the radio show’s guest host that listeners could go to her website to donate to the nonprofit “that is working to help defend all these cases and to defend me now that I’m under a massive attack from the attorney general of Michigan and the city of Detroit and everything else.”

Michigan’s governor, attorney general and secretary of state — all Democrats — have urged state bar officials in Texas and Michigan to permanently disbar Powell for ethical violations over election lawsuits.

Meanwhile, Eric Coomer, Dominion’s security director, has filed a defamation suit in Colorado against Powell, her law firm, Defending the Republic and others. Another voting technology firm, Smartmatic USA Corp., sued Powell in New York over her bogus election-fixing claims.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, asked a federal court to order Powell and other lawyers who challenged Wisconsin’s election results to cover $106,000 in state legal fees. Powell called it a frivolous request. A judge hasn’t resolved the dispute yet.

Dominion sued Powell on Jan. 8, seeking over $1.3 billion in damages against her, her law firm and her fundraising website. The company claimed Powell treated Defending the Republic “as her personal funds, redirecting them to the law firm she controls and dominates … and raiding them to pay for her personal legal defense.”

A nonprofit organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, as Defending the Republic claims to be, can engage in some political activities provided that’s not its primary activity. Unlike political committees, tax-exempt social welfare groups don’t have to disclose donors. Forms notifying the IRS of a group’s intent to operate as a 501(c)(4) aren’t public records, according to an IRS spokesman.

Samuel Brunson, a tax law professor at Loyola University in Chicago, said the IRS bars 501(c)(4) groups from spending money for the benefit of private individuals. Doing that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, he added.

“In general, the IRS doesn’t police it very closely,” Brunson said.

AP source: Govt to ease up guidance on indoor mask-wearing
Author: ZEKE MILLER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places, according to a person briefed on the announcement.

The new guidance will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. The announcement comes as the CDC and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people — people who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot.

The new guidance comes as the aggressive U.S. vaccination campaign begins to pay off. U.S. virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began.

To date about 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and more than 117 million are fully vaccinated. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, but with the authorization Wednesday of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15, a new burst of doses is expected in the coming days.

Just two weeks ago, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors in all settings and outdoors in large crowds.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, was set to announce the new guidance on Thursday afternoon at a White House briefing.

During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination.

“I would like to say that we have fully vaccinated people; we should start acting like it,” Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, told Biden. “And that’s a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated.”

“Good point,” Biden responded. He added, “we’re going to be moving on that in the next little bit.”

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the announcement ahead of the official release. The White House did not comment on the matter.

The easing guidance could open the door to confusion, as there is no surefire way for businesses or others to distinguish between those fully vaccinated and those who are not.

Evidence from the U.S. and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading.

The more people continue to get vaccinated, the faster infections will drop — and the harder it will be for the virus to mutate enough to escape vaccines.

And while some people still get COVID-19 despite vaccination those infections tend to be milder, shorter and harder to spread to others.

COVID-19 vaccine available to Clark County 12- to 15-year-olds
Author: Wyatt Stayner

Some Clark County vaccination locations have begun offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 12 to 15 after an independent committee of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday and voted to recommend the vaccine for children.

The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization for use of the Pfizer vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds on Monday. The decision is expected to cover an estimated 378,000 minors in Washington, and about 17 million minors nationwide.

According to The Seattle Times, Washington has allocated extra vaccine to every county this week in preparation for an uptick in demand.

Book appointments for 12- to 15-year-olds today at Legacy Salmon Creek here.

Guardians must accompany 12- to 15-year-olds to their appointments to provide consent and remain on site during the shot.

According to its website, Walgreens is also now offering appointments to 12- to 15-year-olds. Appointments can be booked at the Walgreens website.

The Tower Mall mass vaccination site in Vancouver will begin offering vaccine to those 12 to 15 starting Friday, according to Public Health Public Information Officer Marissa Armstrong. Book appointments at Tower Mall here.

For those who want to book an appointment at the Clark County Fairgrounds near Ridgefield, you can do that here.

The Vancouver Clinic will start providing shots for 12- to 15-year-olds starting Tuesday, according to company spokeswoman Chastell Ely.

Other pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds today and in the coming days. To see where vaccine is available, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine locator.

This story will be updated

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