Wednesday, 16 December 2020 18:47

Washington Joins West Coast States in Approving COVID-19 Vaccine

Written by Tim Gruver, The Center Square


...hospitals and family medicine clinics.


The vaccine must be stored at sub-zero temperatures and must be used quickly, according to Deanna Stark, a public health educator with the Spokane Regional Health District.


Stark said the vaccine can be stored in the thermal shipper it comes in so long as it is used up within 20 days. The Spokane area already boasts four "ultra-cold storage" sites, according to Stark.


Each thermal shipper contains enough doses for as many as 975 people, said DOH spokesperson Franji Mayes, and the DOH is working to allow hospitals to send unneeded doses to other enrolled facilities.


According to the state's vaccine distribution plan, all available doses will first be distributed to frontline health care workers, first responders and long-term care facilities under "phase 1a."


Later phases will prioritize vaccinations for essential workers and disadvantaged communities.


Washington expects another 183,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna around that time frame should it be approved by the FDA.


Moderna has reported their vaccine is about 95% effective against the virus with a range of similar side effects to Pfizer's vaccine.


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