Washingtonians can expect to have the COVID-19 vaccine next week

Dec 11 2020, 11:49 am

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expecting to have COVID-19 vaccines delivered early next week.

“The federal government has given us an estimate of 62,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for our initial allocation – we expect this shipment next week, assuming the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the emergency use authorization,” reads a press release.

The DOH also expects additional allocations for a total of 222,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of December. They are also expecting to receive about 183,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of December as well, assuming the FDA approves the emergency use authorization.

Regular weekly shipments will begin in January.

There are currently 189 organizations across Washington state that are fully enrolled as COVID-19 vaccine providers. Those who will receive the first doses of the vaccine include high-risk workers in health care settings, highest-risk first responders, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.