Currently, there are two vaccines that have received emergency use authorizations (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of COVID-19 in the United States. These are Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. On December 11, The FDA issued an EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 in individuals 16 years of age and older. On December 18, the FDA issued an EUA for the Moderna vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 in individuals 18 years and older.
Northeast Tri County Health District is following guidance from Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. The first allocation of vaccines received will be limited to those individuals working in high-risk settings including healthcare workers, Emergency Medical services personnel, and staff and residents living in long-term care facilities. Once COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, it is likely that you will be able to get them at your healthcare clinic or pharmacy.
Northeast Tri County Health District's role is to support medical providers who will be approved for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1. We are working in coordination with our medical providers and other community partners to prepare for future phases when more vaccine options become available. As we learn more about future vaccine availability in the coming weeks and months, we will be reaching out to additional local sectors to participate in the vaccination efforts in the tri county area.
Will NETCHD Provide COVID-19 Vaccinations To The Public Directly?
It is important to understand that vaccines will be distributed to different organizations according to which distribution phase our state is in and which organizations are prepared (see FAQ for more). NETCHD has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine provider, but we do not expect vaccine for distribution to the public until later phases of distribution. Vaccine once received will be distributed to providers for administration.
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Local clinics and hospitals are working through the upcoming week to complete the booster shots for the Phase 1a group. Scheduling of the B1 group will then begin. If you meet the eligibility criteria of the B1 group (see graphic to the left) we recommend that you visit the website and social media pages for your local health care provider to see if they have instructions on how they would prefer you complete your scheduling to receive the vaccine. If you do not meet the B1 eligibility criteria please wait to contact your health care provider about the vaccine until your group becomes eligible.
For individuals who do not fit the eligibility criteria for the B1 group please review Washington's COVID-19 Vaccine Phases that provides an estimated timeline of when additional tiers can expect to receive the vaccine. An additional resource that will be available January 18, is the Phase Finder Tool this tool will allow individuals to assess their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and provide an email or phone number that will notify them when their group does become eligible.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others helps reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the infection control measures available to us to help stop this pandemic.