Covid vaccine

Courtesy of Novavax

The Spokane area will soon be a part of a clinical trial for a new Covid vaccine.

Novavax has picked MultiCare to administer the third phase of the vaccine trial at the company’s Rockwood Clinic in Cheney. The trial’s principal investigator, Dr. Jonathan Staben, is recruiting about 300 adults to participate.

Screenshot from Facebook Live

Washington health secretary Umair Shah says he’s not in favor of Covid vaccinators around the state changing the dose or skipping out on the second shot.

Those measures have been suggested as a way to get some protection to more people in a faster manner or as a way to maximize the vaccines’ effectiveness.

Courtesy of Ferry County Memorial Hospital

It’s the third week of Covid vaccinations in Washington. Hospitals and other health care facilities are making varying degrees of progress.

In Republic, local hospital officials expect to begin administering second doses of the two-dose regimen this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

Courtesy of Gilead

Health care providers in Washington hope this will be the week the state announces which people will be in the next group eligible for Covid vaccines.

The so-called 1-B group is widely expected to include older people, especially those with underlying health conditions. It may also include people considered frontline essential workers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some Washington health care workers who have received their first Covid vaccine shot say they’re participating in a study that’s tracking how they respond to the vaccine.

The V-Safe program from the Centers for Disease Control allows health care workers to report any side effects they suspect could be from the vaccine.

Washington Department of Health screenshot

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.

Health Care Covid Vaccinations, Challenges and Who's Next

Dec 29, 2020
Screenshot from Providence Health Care

Health care organizations around the Northwest are in various stages of inoculating their employees with the new Covid vaccines.

That brings different levels of complications. Those complications include finding enough vaccine to get doses for everyone and then getting them scheduled for shots.

TVW screenshot

The group of Western scientists that reviews Covid vaccine decisions made by the Food and Drug Administration has approved the new Moderna vaccine.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Sunday the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has voted unanimously to put this second vaccine on the market.

Inslee’s office says the governor expects the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to begin arriving in Olympia this week.

Courtesy of Stevens County Fire District 1

The people at the top of the Covid vaccine pyramid are health care workers in high-risk situations and people associated with long-term care facilities.


But first responders are high on the list too. In fact, firefighters in Stevens County will receive the Covid vaccine in a matter of days.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Hospitals around the Northwest are welcoming shipments of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this week. Some will begin administering it this week.

The top priority is health care workers at the highest risk of contracting the virus, especially those who work with Covid patients. Employees and residents of long-term care facilities are also in that first tier. Beyond that, it’s not clear who would be next.

Screenshot from Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane County Board of Health today [Thursday] unanimously appointed Dr. Frank Velazquez as the interim health officer.

Velazquez was chosen about four weeks ago to fill in after the former health officer, Bob Lutz, was fired. Velazquez has agreed to stay on the job until a permanent replacement can be found.

TVW screenshot

Washington state health officials are still debating which groups of people would be first to receive the new Covid vaccines.

State Health Officer Kathy Lofy briefed members of the state Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee on Tuesday.


Washington state health officials say they expect to receive their first shipment of the first Covid vaccine by mid-December. That’s if a federal committee approves the vaccine produced by Pfizer when it meets on December 10.

TVW screenshot

Governor Jay Inslee says his state will join other western states to review Covid vaccines, when they become available. Also during a press conference on Tuesday, the governor urged Idahoans to wear their masks when around others.