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COVID-19 vaccine - Providers have until 12/6 to Enroll for First Shipment

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to update the WMC on plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Providers who have fully enrolled in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program by December 6 will be eligible to receive part of the first shipment of vaccine. As of December 1, there are 116 providers fully enrolled. Enroll at DOH will coordinate with CDC to ship vaccine directly to enrolled providers once vaccine is available. Providers will be responsible for storing and administering the vaccine. 

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet December 10th to review the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application submitted by Pfizer. A EUA makes a product available during a declared state of emergency before it has a full license. If the EUA is approved, the vaccine will then be vetted by the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, as part of the Western States Pact.

Washington plans to have a vaccine and begin administering it by mid-December. The federal government has given WA an estimate of 62,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for initial allocation. An estimated total of around 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine should arrive by the end of December. Regular weekly shipments should begin in January.

The DOH is finalizing guidance around initial vaccine allocation and prioritization framework. The framework includes feedback from the communities, partners, sectors, and industries that are heavily impacted by COVID-19, and by the National Academies of Medicine’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus. The first phase of vaccination, called 1a, will focus on workers in healthcare settings serving patients who either have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, along with staff and residents of long-term care facilities.