COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health

For immediate release: December 31, 2020   (20-266)Spanish

Contact:  Danielle Koenig, Center for Public Affairs
Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline, 1-800-525-0127 then press #

COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

Yesterday DOH updated phase 1A guidance, with the goal of expediting vaccine administration efforts across Washington state. Read our statement.  

As of this week, 69,349 people in our state have received their first dose of vaccine. We expect to order second-dose allocations of the Pfizer vaccine this weekend. This means that initial recipients of the Pfizer vaccine will be receiving their second dose soon. We expect to start receiving second-dose allocations of the Moderna vaccine the week of Jan. 12. As a reminder, all vaccine recipients must receive two doses of vaccine from the same manufacturer for maximum protection against COVID-19.

Vaccine ordering and administration

The table below is a snapshot of the most recent vaccine supply for Washington state. Some numbers have been updated since yesterday’s media briefing. 

Vaccine brand 

Total number ordered 

Total number in transit   

Total number delivered 

Total number administered* 

 Percent administered* 












Long-term care facilities (Pfizer) 










Numbers as of

Dec. 30 at 11:20 a.m.

Dec. 30 at 11:21 a.m.

Dec. 30 at 11:21 a.m.

Dec. 29 at 11:59 p.m.

(Total administered divided by total delivered)

*DOH will receive administration data up to 72 hours after vaccines are administered at provider sites.

**Total doses administered does not equal sum of Pfizer and Moderna doses administered due to doses reported without brand identified.

We anticipate the following for our week three allocation: 

  • Pfizer: 57,525 doses
  • Moderna: 44,500 doses (this includes 200 doses originally from week two due to order cancellations)
  • Locations:
    • 43,375 doses will go to 87 sites in 26 counties
    • 58,650 doses will go to support long-term care facilities and 17 tribes and Urban Indian Health Programs

Long-term care facilities

Vaccinations have started for residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Last week, a local long-term care pharmacy began vaccinating as part of the state program. This week and next, under the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program, Walgreens and CVS have several onsite clinics planned specifically for long-term care facilities. Walgreens and CVS have a shared goal to complete the first dose of vaccinations in nursing homes in the next three weeks. 

Future phases

We hope to know more next week about prioritization decisions in Washington state.  We’re using the broad ACIP guidance as a framework, but will need to prioritize within it to match projected vaccine supplies. Gov. Inslee is playing a crucial role in this decision-making process alongside public health experts here at DOH. When this document is available, it will be published on the DOH website, and we will share information that informed the decisions.

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