Vaccines Arrive in King County

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Councilman Dunn Banner

Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I was informed this morning that the very first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in King County earlier today. Needless to say, this is a major step in the fight to stop coronavirus and return life back to normal. 

If your family is like mine, you have a lot of questions about what’s next. Who gets the first doses? Where will they be distributed? What can I do to make sure my loved ones are protected? We don’t have all the answers quite yet, but I wanted to pass along the latest information I have received from state and local officials.

The state’s plan calls for the first doses to be administered to high-risk health workers, as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities. This means around 500,000 people in Washington will be eligible for the vaccine in during this initial phase. Read more details about phase 1a here.

We’ll know more about who will be vaccinated in later phases from guidance made by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. You can view the state’s interim plan on their coronavirus vaccine webpage, If everything goes to plan, the majority of Washingtonians will be vaccinated by mid-summer.

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, given 21 days apart. Clinical trial data show the vaccine is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection starting 7 days after the second dose. Individuals will not be considered fully protected until 1 to 2 weeks after they receive the second dose. The clinical trials revealed no major unanticipated adverse events.

As soon as I receive information on the latest prioritization guides for future vaccine phases I’ll reach out immediately. The fight isn’t over yet, but we will get through this. Light is officially at the end of the tunnel!

Stay safe,