Vaccine Rollout Update: March 11
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Vaccine Rollout Update
President Biden announced last week that he anticipates there will be an increase in vaccine supply from the Federal Government that will allow for first doses to be given to the entire eligible populations by the end of May. He also announced adding teachers, school staff, and childcare workers to current phase-eligible populations. Governor Inslee announced the State will move to the next phase of vaccine eligibility on March 22. Newly eligible individuals will include:
- Critical workers in some congregate settings including agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, corrections, public transit, corrections, fire and law enforcement, staff, and volunteers in congregate living settings
- People ages 16+ who are pregnant or have a pre-defined disability that puts them at higher risk.
The Governor also announced dates certain when more people will be eligible:
- April 12: People ages 50+ with two or more comorbidities
- April 26: People 16+ with two or more comorbidities and people living in congregate settings, people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings.
Collectively, this is a dramatic increase in the number of people becoming eligible when we don’t have a true understanding of how quickly the supply chain will open. We do not expect a significant increase in doses before the end of the month.
Public Health is refining its population estimates based on last week’s announcements. We know that the school staff and child care workers population in King County is at least 70,000 people, which will be added to the estimated 100,000 adults ages 65+ who have not yet received dose one, approximately 35,000 of whom are BIPOC elders.
- Over 300,000 people have been vaccinated in King County, with significant progress with the elderly and BIPOC communities over the last three weeks
- A significant increase in dosages is not expected in the next three weeks
- President Biden and the State have indicated that pharmacies are the best place for school staff and childcare workers to access vaccine
- King County is currently administering 100,000 doses per week with plans to increase to 300,000 per week once supplies and capacity increase
- Lumen Field has the capacity to administer 20,000 doses per week once the supply is available
- At least three more mass vaccination sites are being planned
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