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COVID-19 Vaccine Planning is Underway

Dec 9, 2020, 14:11 PM
Skagit Regional Health is working closely with federal, state and regional partners to finalize our vaccine plans and ensure we are aligned with the CDC, DOH and County Public Health agencies.

There has been significant discussion in recent weeks around COVID-19 vaccines as multiple companies begin the FDA approval process. After nearly a year of battling this pandemic, knowledge that a vaccine is likely on the way is a great relief. However, creating a nation-wide vaccination plan is complex with many factors to consider. Skagit Regional Health is working closely with federal, state and regional partners to finalize our plans and ensure we are aligned with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Washington Department of Health (DOH) and County Public Health agencies. This is a rapidly moving situation – here is what we know so far:

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  • As of December 9, 2020 there have not yet been any COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA. (CDC.gov, 2020) Current projections are that vaccines will be reviewed by the FDA on or around December 10.
  • Skagit Regional Health is making preparations to receive either or both of the current vaccines in the approval process, Pfizer and Moderna, once they are approved and become available.
  • According to the CDC, quantities of available vaccine will be limited to start. “The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities are available” (CDC.gov, 2020).
  • Due to the limited quantities to start, federal agencies and the Washington DOH are drafting a phased approach to prioritize groups for vaccination. (Washington State Department of Health, 2020) The CDC and DOH framework focuses on healthcare workers, first responders and long term care facilities in Phase 1A. (We do not have an estimate at this time for when we might progress to future phases.)
  • In alignment with the phased approach, Skagit Regional Health will begin vaccinating employees in direct patient care for COVID-19 patients first.
  • Skagit Regional Health will follow direction given from the Washington DOH regarding progression through the phases, and will provide vaccines to our staff and patients in alignment with the DOH framework. Current estimates indicate that patients can begin receiving vaccinations in late winter/early spring.
  • A COVID-19 Vaccine Steering Committee meets frequently to formulate plans to vaccinate Skagit Regional Health patients as soon as possible. These plans are dependent upon vaccine quantities available, progression through the Washington DOH phases and available resources. As more information becomes available, we will post it on our website: SkagitRegionalHealth.org/COVID.

Safety is our top priority and this is a rapidly moving situation. Skagit Regional Health has a robust, skilled team working daily on the COVID-19 vaccination plan and is tightly connected to the regional, state-wide and national work underway to bring vaccines quickly, and safely to our patients. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Planning is Underway

Dec 9, 2020, 14:11 PM
Skagit Regional Health is working closely with federal, state and regional partners to finalize our vaccine plans and ensure we are aligned with the CDC, DOH and County Public Health agencies.

There has been significant discussion in recent weeks around COVID-19 vaccines as multiple companies begin the FDA approval process. After nearly a year of battling this pandemic, knowledge that a vaccine is likely on the way is a great relief. However, creating a nation-wide vaccination plan is complex with many factors to consider. Skagit Regional Health is working closely with federal, state and regional partners to finalize our plans and ensure we are aligned with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Washington Department of Health (DOH) and County Public Health agencies. This is a rapidly moving situation – here is what we know so far:

bigstock-the-doctor
  • As of December 9, 2020 there have not yet been any COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA. (CDC.gov, 2020) Current projections are that vaccines will be reviewed by the FDA on or around December 10.
  • Skagit Regional Health is making preparations to receive either or both of the current vaccines in the approval process, Pfizer and Moderna, once they are approved and become available.
  • According to the CDC, quantities of available vaccine will be limited to start. “The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities are available” (CDC.gov, 2020).
  • Due to the limited quantities to start, federal agencies and the Washington DOH are drafting a phased approach to prioritize groups for vaccination. (Washington State Department of Health, 2020) The CDC and DOH framework focuses on healthcare workers, first responders and long term care facilities in Phase 1A. (We do not have an estimate at this time for when we might progress to future phases.)
  • In alignment with the phased approach, Skagit Regional Health will begin vaccinating employees in direct patient care for COVID-19 patients first.
  • Skagit Regional Health will follow direction given from the Washington DOH regarding progression through the phases, and will provide vaccines to our staff and patients in alignment with the DOH framework. Current estimates indicate that patients can begin receiving vaccinations in late winter/early spring.
  • A COVID-19 Vaccine Steering Committee meets frequently to formulate plans to vaccinate Skagit Regional Health patients as soon as possible. These plans are dependent upon vaccine quantities available, progression through the Washington DOH phases and available resources. As more information becomes available, we will post it on our website: SkagitRegionalHealth.org/COVID.

Safety is our top priority and this is a rapidly moving situation. Skagit Regional Health has a robust, skilled team working daily on the COVID-19 vaccination plan and is tightly connected to the regional, state-wide and national work underway to bring vaccines quickly, and safely to our patients.