We’ve been waiting for this relief for awhile. Now it’s almost here. The Covid Vaccine. Now whether you are gonna take it or not is one thing. At least we may have a choice in the matter.

Washington State Department of Health officials, say the vaccination could begin as early as the middle of next week, issued more detailed guidance Thursday on who should be at the very front of the line for first doses.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are outlining where about 32,000 doses could be sent next week. Those doses will be distributed among 13 counties and mostly to hospitals for vaccination of high-risk health care workers.

“There’s just not enough vaccine to get it everywhere it’s needed,” said Michele Roberts, the state Department of Health’s acting assistant secretary.

The state is still deciding where an additional 30,000 doses expected in Pfizer’s initial shipments should go. Normally, I don’t get too excited about when government decides who get what as most of the time it gets routed to all those who really don’t need it. But in this case, we will take what we can get.

They are prioritizing the high-risk first responders, health workers interacting with high-risk populations and those administering the vaccines, along with residents of long-term care facilities getting high priority within a month.

Once shipments arrive, several of the sites expect to have clinics “up and running within 24 hours,” Allen said.

That’s great news. I hope this gives us a turn back to somewhat “normal” as we head toward the new year. It would be great getting into 2021 with a glimmer of hope.

 

All My Best,

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