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Additional vaccine doses set for Grays Harbor & Pacific County

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More vaccines have come to Grays Harbor and Pacific County.

The Washington State Department of Health issued a release this week with the latest COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

Last week, providers across the state began administering initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine to high-risk health workers, and now, more than 30,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered. 

This week, DOH allocated 44,850 Pfizer doses and 127,900 Moderna doses. 

This includes:

  • 153,925 doses distributed to more than 220 sites in 37 counties
  • 18,825 doses distributed to support long-term care facilities as well as 14 Tribes and Urban Indian Health Programs

Locally, DOH says that 1,100 Moderna vaccine doses arrived in Grays Harbor, with 500 for Pacific County.

Many of this week’s shipments were arriving Wednesday.

Here’s how the allocation breaks down by county this week:

County Pfizer Moderna
Adams   200
Asotin    
Benton   4700
Chelan 975 800
Clallam 975 1700
Clark 1950 8100
Columbia   200
Cowlitz   1400
Douglas   200
Ferry   400
Franklin 975 100
Garfield    
Grant 975 1300
Grays Harbor   1100
Island 975 1000
Jefferson 975  
King 14,625 34,000
Kitsap   3000
Kittitas   300
Klickitat   500
Lewis   700
Lincoln   200
Mason   4500
Okanogan   200
Pacific   500
Pend Oreille   100
Pierce 4875 14,100
San Juan   600
Skagit   400
Skamania   600
Snohomish   14,200
Spokane   15,800
Stevens   1300
Thurston   5300
Wahkiakum   300
Walla Walla 975 200
Whatcom 975 4200
Whitman 975  
Yakima   1500
County subtotal 30,225 123,700
Other subtotal 14,625 4200
Total 44,850 127,900

Over the next several weeks, there will continue to be a limited supply of vaccine. 

From DOH:

Vaccine prioritization

Last weekend a key CDC advisory committee voted on vaccine prioritization for later phases. This will help shape who gets the vaccine in the coming months. The federal guidance is the framework for Washington state to make decisions about who will be eligible for vaccine next.  Those prioritization decisions have not been finalized yet here in Washington state. Once we make these decisions at a state level, we will share that information.

Moderna vaccine

Last weekend, a second COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Moderna, was authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 and older, by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine also passed independent review by medical experts in the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, as part of the Western States Pact. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data show the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses.

Washington state placed an order for 128,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine the morning of December 21. We do not have confirmation yet specifying when these orders will be delivered. Next week’s allocation of the Moderna vaccine is 44,300 doses.

The Moderna vaccine will be delivered in a staggered fashion throughout each week, and unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, cold storage and handling is similar to other routinely used vaccines. This will help to distribute vaccine to many more providers across the state.

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Reduced Pfizer vaccine allocation

Regarding our state’s reduced allocation of the Pfizer vaccine: We’ve learned since last week that prior allocations were inadvertently based on vaccine doses produced — not all of which had yet completed the quality control process. Vaccine cannot be released before quality control is complete. This discrepancy was the source of the change in allocations.

For the foreseeable future we will get our allocation on a week-by-week basis. The federal government has shared that vaccine supply will increase each month. Our allocation of the Pfizer vaccine is 57,525 doses for next week.

Long-term care facility vaccination program update

One long-term care pharmacy, registered through the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program, began vaccinations at several facilities December 21. We expect that facilities registered through the CDC’s long-term care program will begin vaccinations on the date previously communicated, December 28. This is the first date the national partnership for the long-term care program could be activated due to the large volume of vaccine needed for the program.

We are exploring a dashboard to share vaccine administration data, and until that launches, we will continue to provide vaccine administration updates in our weekly updates.


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