COVID-19 vaccine provide may get huge increase in March, Washington well being officers say

By mid-March, the state is predicting upwards of 310,000 doses per week. Well being officers say Washington state is prepared for them.

SEATTLE — Subsequent month, it could possibly be simpler to get a COVID-19 vaccine for these eligible.

State well being leaders mentioned in a press convention Thursday that extra vaccines are on their technique to our state, growing the availability considerably mid-March. 

This week the state was allotted 260,000 doses. Subsequent week we’re anticipated to get 280,000 doses, for a rise of 20,000. 

Subsequent month appears to be like higher. By mid-March, the state is predicting upwards of 310,000 doses per week.

“Provide is growing, it’s actually encouraging,” mentioned, Dan Laster, Director of Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Motion Command and Coordination System (VACCS).

The anticipated numbers for March do not account for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine which may obtain emergency use authorization from the Meals and Drug Administration on Friday or quickly after.

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“We did get our first allocation quantity for this vaccine from CDC in the present day and if it will get EUA approval, Washington will probably be allotted 60,900 of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine subsequent week,” mentioned Michele Roberts, Performing Assistant Secretary of Well being.

And Washington is prepared for a lift in doses.

A part of the plan for elevated doses means including extra lanes to DOH’s mass vaccination websites.

“Including a 3rd lane will increase throughput over 30%. Proper now, we don’t have the capability way of provide however as our provide will increase, we will, in a way more environment friendly manner, get folks vaccinated,” Laster mentioned.

It is excellent news after climate delays held up 90% of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine provide final week. We’re now catching up, state officers mentioned.

“Virtually all orders for the previous two weeks have shipped and this week, we’re making up for misplaced time,” Roberts mentioned.

In a single day this week, the Division of Well being’s mass vaccination websites gave over 5,000 doses, breaking a file and leveling the taking part in subject for the cargo anticipated subsequent week.

New federal pointers for the Pfizer vaccine are additionally serving to bolster provides.

“A part of what’s growing is definitely extra vaccine vials, but additionally a part of the rise in out allocation is the truth that now, for probably the most half, you’re virtually all the time capable of get a sixth dose out of the Pfizer vials and that’s how CDC is counting that vial now, as six dose vial of vaccine not a 5 dose vial,” mentioned Roberts. “This alteration is refined, however the additional dose provides up and provides a chance to manage extra vaccine, which is our objective.”

The state is working with the federal authorities to get a gentle provide of these specialised syringes.

The FDA additionally issued new steering on the Pfizer vaccine, which signifies that suppliers not have to have specialised deep freezers to retailer the vaccine, making that vaccine unavailable in some elements of the state.

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