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December 17, 2020

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

While we are all likely excited and gratified about seeing the vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arriving in Washington state, Gov. Inslee and The Seattle Times are reporting that disappointingly the CDC informed our state today to expect 40% fewer doses next week than was originally planned. 

Apparently, Washington is not the only state facing unexpected cuts in the number of expected doses, according to this other Seattle Times article posted today: States report confusion as feds slash vaccine shipments, and Pfizer says it has ‘millions’ of unclaimed doses.

The Governor tweeted today, “Our state remains committed to getting all doses we are allocated out to healthcare providers and into the arms of Washingtonians.”

While this is a disturbing hiccup in the rollout of the first approved vaccine, there is some more good news on the vaccine front.  The Moderna vaccine, which uses technology similar to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, was just recommended for approval, meaning distribution could begin soon.  I suppose some challenges were to be expected with a logistical effort on this scale.  Stay posted for the latest updates here!    

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.