Gov. Jay Inslee mentioned Sunday the vaccine ought to arrive within the state Monday and that vaccinations might start as quickly as Tuesday.
One batch of 975 doses is anticipated to reach in Clallam County and a batch of the identical variety of doses is anticipated in Jefferson County. Frontline well being care staff, first responders and employees and sufferers in long-term care amenities are first in line for the vaccine.
In the meantime, Sunday concluded a quiet weekend for brand spanking new COVID-19 positives on the Peninsula, with three new circumstances reported late Saturday and Sunday.
Clallam County reported one new optimistic Sunday and Jefferson County reported two positives late Saturday and none Sunday.
That offers Clallam County 621 circumstances since March, with 87 energetic.
The an infection price is 180 per 100,000 inhabitants through the previous two weeks, down from greater than 200 per 100,000 in late November, however nonetheless within the state’s high-risk class.
Jefferson County has had 193 positives since March with 16 energetic circumstances.
Its an infection price is listed at 110 per 100,000 through the previous weeks, down from greater than 150 in November, however nonetheless within the high-risk class.
“We’re pleased that the increments of new cases have been fairly low,” mentioned Jefferson County Well being Officer Dr. Tom Locke.
State Division of Well being officers reported about 62,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine are anticipated initially.
Inslee mentioned the 17-member Western states evaluation group, which accepted the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, was arrange due to considerations that politics might intrude on the vaccination evaluation course of.
However Inslee mentioned the panel discovered that was not the case with the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
“I have not been shy about criticizing the federal government over the last several years,” Inslee mentioned. “The FDA, the CDC, did their jobs.”
Locke mentioned Jefferson officers spent three hours Friday planning the distribution of the vaccine regionally. He expects this week’s cargo to return to Jefferson Healthcare and mentioned the primary vaccinations within the county might start by Thursday.
The vaccine would be the most important matter of Locke’s COVID-19 presentation to the Board of Jefferson County Commissioners as we speak.
“The vaccine is at the top of the list,” he mentioned.
Locke additionally will focus on vacation journey suggestions for the Christmas season.
The peninsula noticed some circumstances from Thanksgiving journey however didn’t see a surge in new circumstances just like different elements of the nation.
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The Related Press contributed to this report.