Snohomish Health District provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and planning

The Snohomish Health District provided the following report Friday on vaccine distribution and planning in Snohomish County:

In the first three weeks, just shy of 30,000 vaccines were distributed to 13 vaccine provider groups in Snohomish County. Another 8,600 doses had been allocated for this week. This number does not include doses distributed to sovereign nations or through the Federal Pharmacy-LTCF program.

The Health District will begin reporting vaccine data at on Tuesdays, with information through the previous Saturday. The information through Jan. 2 is as follows:

  Total Doses Received
(Weeks 1-3)
Number of Providers That Received Vaccine Total Doses
Expected Allocation for Week 4 Number of Providers Enrolled
Moderna 23,800 11 7,357 4,700
Pfizer 5,850 1 3,165 3,900
Total 29,650 12 10,522 8,600 39

The nearly 11,000 vaccinated in the first three weeks represents one-quarter of the roughly 40,000 people in Snohomish County who are eligible within Phase 1a, the health district said.

While most people currently eligible will receive their vaccines through their employer or through the health care system where they usually get care, the health district has created a voucher program for Phase 1a-eligible employees of smaller agencies to be vaccinated by a participating partner. Since lateDecember, the health district has processed more than 6,300 vouchers for eligible individuals.

“I know there are a lot of people anxiously waiting for their turn to get the vaccine. Like any new process, it takes time to achieve maximum velocity,” said County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters. “We will continue to follow state and federal guidance to make the best use of vaccine supply and our collective capacity to administer it. I ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation with the phased process of this massive undertaking over the next six to nine months.”

Health district staff have also been working to increase the number of groups enrolled as a vaccine provider. Close to 200 groups are in various stages of the process, with 39 that have been approved and another 54 currently pending approval.

“Most vaccination campaigns that occur under non-emergency conditions take at least a year to plan and several years to reach good coverage,” Spitters added. “Considering that multiple vaccines were developed and manufactured within a year of the virus being identified in this country, and that we now have thousands of people already vaccinated here in Snohomish County, I find that pretty remarkable.”

The state released information about the next phase of prioritization. Based on that information, the Snohomish County Vaccine Task Force created an estimated timeline for local distribution for each phase and tier or subcategory.

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In the coming weeks and months, the COVID vaccine distribution and administration process is expected to become much smoother and the pace of vaccination will increase significantly. Several vaccination sites are under development by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce. These sites are meant to enhance vaccination efforts and supplement the existing healthcare system. Vaccination at these sites will be by appointment only, and information these sites and eligibility will be announced as soon as the details is finalized.

The Health District encourages people to visit or for updates.

24 Replies to “Snohomish Health District provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and planning”

    1. Nam-calling gets us nowhere, and encourages the sort of frustration that we have just seen come to a head in the nation’s capitol. Disagree, by all means – it’s your absolute right, and we need an open exchange of ideas. But we need to offer solutions, point out errors, not call the other side names and in so doing enflame emotions and cut off useful discussion.

      Americans need to get out of the sandbox and show that we can think, show respect, offer solutions. And ultimately, agree to compromise, not lock each other out.


    2. I really think that your being to harsh. He is only doing the best job he can trying to keep everyone safe. No different than other governors. Do you think you could have done better considering


  1. First, before Christmas, the CDC came out with recommended vaccine priorities. The governor said the WA plan would closely follow that CDC plan. Last week the state released WA vaccination priorities that were radically different than the CDC recommendations.

    The WA plan clearly states “January 2021” for Tier B1 (people over 70). Now Sno Co releases a schedule that states 1 to 3 months for Tier B1. Which is it?

    The state is basically telling people “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” as they keep moving the goal posts. If WA followed the examples of Florida and Israel and simplified all this the high risk and elderly citizens would be much better off. It is hard to be confident about the overly bureaucratic top down approach WA has chosen for this especially when they keep dribbling the bad news out on a weekly basis. Inslee will have some explaining to do over the next few months if they can’t get their act together and allow the providers to speed things up.


  2. This plan is unacceptably slow. We have known about vaccine arrival for many months and this roll out is performing like it was a surprise to the planners. Lives are at stake. Please expedite.


  3. I’m in the B1 age group. I’m amazed and thrilled that I will get the vaccine sometime in the next three months. That fact in itself is a major miracle for us all. Did anyone here actually read the article? The good Dr. points out that any normal vaccine roll out would take years, not days and months. Enough of the political wars and everyone try to smell some roses and appreciate what science and scientists have done especially well and fast to get us out of this mess.


    1. Thanks for your strong words. You are so right. It makes it hard to wrap your head around others who just don’t get it. Be patient. No one asked for this virus we are all just trying to get through to the other side.


    2. I’m going to have to disagree with you Clinton. Of course I read the article and I got a little rankled by your comment (actually more than that but I have settled down now) that somehow I am participating in a political war. I am not, I am criticizing the dismal performance of Inslee and our WA Dept of Health. I’ve read a boatload about this topic and I can assure you that WA’s plan is not as protective of elderly or (especially) people with high risk medical conditions as the CDC recommended back in December.

      Personally I think WA’s plan is shameful, almost as bad as Cuomo sending all the covid patients into nursing homes.


      1. The whole country is behind in the stated plan for the amount of shots that would be given out by now. The distribution was botched from the top down. Biden is suggesting we should just give out all the vaccine now and not worry about the second shots that would give maximum effect. The scientists disagree with him. Everyone has their right to their own opinion. I think the Pols, with the exception of our worthless President who should have been convicted and removed last year, are doing the best they can. You disagree. No problem for me, and I’m not angry at what you say. Just disagree with you. Peace.


  4. I still can’t find out when I can get the vaccine. I am 69 1/2. Will be 70 in September. Retired and live alone. Live in Arlington Washington. When can I get my vaccine?????


    1. Drive to Florida. My sister-in-law there just got vaccinated as they now allow anyone over 65 to come in for shots. No other criteria.


      1. My fishing buddy just returned to his winter place in Florida. He says he can get a shot if he’s willing to wait in line in his car for hours and overnight and is lucky enough that they don’t run out when it’s his turn. He’s waiting for awhile until the supply is more plentiful.


  5. Just doing some rough math on these. The numbers varied everywhere on demographics, but do not really change the results – so as of January 7th, Washington State had received 522.5k of the vaccines. They had delivered 425.9K of those to facilities for administration of the vaccine. They gave 110.2k of those vaccines. That would average (assuming a start date of Dec 15 roughly) about 36.7K vaccines per week. So, basically, Washington has delivered 81% of the vaccines to be given, and has administered 21% of the vaccines available at the facilities. Using rough demographics, without a significant ramp up, it will take (based on my math) 44 weeks to get all persons over 60. (Those with underlying conditions that exclude them was a negligible number, but for grins, drop a week and say 42 weeks). It would then take another 134 weeks to get the rest of the population above 18 at the current rates. My assumptions are:

    6.6 Million above the age of 18 to be vaccinated.
    37k per week.
    178 Weeks Total

    There are various sources of age group demographics that you can use to do the breakouts, I just picked one that looked reliable from the State websites. On the underlying conditions, I just took the death rates from the State website. This may be a huge understatement.

    No matter if there is someone worth blaming or not, it is going to take a huge ramp up in numbers to get the vaccination time down from roughly 3.5 years to 9 months. I suspect that there are massive efforts underway to scale the vaccinations up to much more significant numbers.

    Or I hope I am really really crappy at math, and that would not surprise me.


  6. George, I think you left out the variable of the non-vaccers under any circumstances population in your equation so you need to start over. I’ll wait to hear back on that . . . . . . anything for science huh?


  7. Julie, You and I are in the same boat I won’t be 70 until November and only have one comorbidity so according the the PP Phase 1 sheet I am not eligible until then. According to the SNHOCO covid website only %30 of the already in hand vaccines have been administered. Whether or not it was outstanding that we got the vaccine within a year is irrelevant the point is that Comrade Inslee and our state health department have been asleep at the helm.


  8. We are normally in AZ this time of the year but decided to hold off until we got the vaccine. They are already vaccinating the 1b group. What’s going on here?


  9. It is hard to find exact numbers but demand FAR exceeds availability and will for a long time. This has led to chaos A lucky group has miraculously signed in or called at the right moment The vast majority wait until the next period and HOPE that this they somehow win the timing game.. The idea of expanding the group was sheer lunacy. The large group should be broken down into small groups. Start with a manageable group and work backwards. Do 90 plus year olds until they are done and then 89, etc. You have some degree of certainty. If you do not fill a week open it to the next group


  10. I have tried for days to find the answer to this simple question:
    “Are you required to get the vaccine in the county in which you live or can you go to another county?” For instance, my home is in Snohomish county but I am in King county working/staying for 3 out of 7 days each week.


    1. We live in Edmonds but got our vaccines at uwa northwest hospital (so king county) that said uwa is our primary care provider. So if you can stick with your provider you may have more flexibility on where. If you use the public health facilities I believe they are county specific as they are supposedly distributing vaccines proportionate to age within county.


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