Gov. Jay Inslee announced a series of changes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Washington state on Monday, including an immediate move to Phase 1B of vaccinations. All Washingtonians 65 years and older are now eligible to be vaccinated in the first tier of Phase 1B, which is in line with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but is a change from the state’s previous outline.
We are calling this the ‘Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center,’ led by the Department of Health and in partnership with business, health care, and labor leaders,” Gov. Inslee said. “This team will coordinate all available resources to administer more vaccines in the state of Washington in the fastest and most efficient way possible.”
Included in the partnership are Microsoft, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente Washington, and SeaMar Community Health Centers, as well as the statewide health care workers union SEIU 1199 NW.
“This is a massive effort, and as noble as any cause will be in 2021 because this is the year we choose to get vaccinated, Washington,” Gov. Inslee said. “… We are mobilizing thousands of workers and resources to save people from this virus.”
The goal, as the governor explained, is to reach 45,000 vaccinations for COVID-19 every day in the state. While this goal is higher than the current vaccine allocation from the federal government, Inslee said trying to meet this goal now will help us get the infrastructure in place when doses increase.