For immediate release: November 8, 2021 (21-223)Spanish
Contact: DOH Communications
Significant milestone: 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered across Washington
State’s latest vaccination milestone comes just days after children 5 – 11 became eligible
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce another significant milestone has been reached in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As of November 6, more than 10 million doses of vaccine have been given out across Washington since distribution began in mid-December 2020.
“Giving out 10 million doses of life-saving vaccine is something we should all be proud of here in Washington,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “Knowing that younger kids can now be protected from the worst outcomes of this virus is an incredible relief, not just for parents and families, but for everyone. The more people vaccinated, the more community protection we have, and that’s good for us all.”
The achievement was reached thanks to the hard work of providers, local and private sector partners, DOH staff, community members, and countless others whose commitment to community health and safety has been vital to our state’s continued success.
To celebrate the occasion, several DOH leaders visited a vaccination clinic in eastern Washington Monday where children gathered to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Pictures from the event will be available on DOH’s social media channels.
To schedule a vaccination appointment, reach out to your child’s pediatrician, your health care provider, local pharmacy, or a mobile clinic near you. People may also use Vaccine Locator to find a nearby location. When scheduling an appointment for someone age 5 to 11, select “Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric” vaccine from the filters section of the webpage, which is the only vaccine currently authorized for younger kids. Those who need help making an appointment should call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.
Due to the state’s initial limited pediatric vaccine supply, it may currently be more difficult for families to find pediatric vaccines available near them. DOH appreciates the public’s patience. Over time, supply will increase and there will be enough vaccine for all eligible children.
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