The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) states it continues to make progress with its COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.
Throughout the month of October, the DOH community engagement team connected with communities, workers, and business sectors that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, as well as with communities and sectors at higher risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. DOH conducted over 90 interviews and focus groups with 402 people and received 18,000 survey responses in multiple languages.
On Nov. 2, DOH opened enrollment for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. It collaborated with the Washington State Hospital Association and health care coalitions to identify and invite facilities to enroll for the first phase of vaccine administration.
The department is taking a phased approach to enrollment, focusing first on hospitals and health care systems. It plans to branch out to additional sites in the following weeks. It also opened enrollment to local health departments that are planning to order, store, or administer vaccine.
On Oct. 29, the CDC released an updated version of its COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations. The next update to the Interim COVID-19 vaccination plan will include changes informed by the CDC’s new playbook along with other sources of feedback. DOH plans to post the revised version of the plan on its COVID-19 Vaccine page once complete.