Washington State Closer To Identifying Next Vaccine Recipients

Dec 30, 2020

New Washington Health Secretary Umair Shah is finishing his first week in his new job.
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About 60,000 Washington highest-risk health care workers have received doses of one of the two Covid vaccines.

“There are some communities here in Washington that have already completed or are very near to completing vaccination of their high-risk workers in health care environments," says Washington Deputy Secretary of Health Lacy Fehrenbach.

She says the state is now making arrangements for others who work in health care settings to also receive vaccinations.

“Today we’ve added a second tier to 1-A that allows for the vaccination of all other workers in health care settings, once those high-risk workers are vaccinated. We acknowledge that some communities are working through 1-A and will still need more time to do this, while others will be able to move forward a little more quickly," she said.

Fehrenbach says the state Health Department expects to release information early next week about the next groups of people who will be vaccinated.

The state says it expects to receive about 100,000 new doses of Covid vaccine by the end of this week, 57,500 from Pfizer and 44,500 from Moderna.