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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Information
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is currently developing an online tool for providers to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
Contributed by Samara Heydon, Emergency Management Specialist; Susan Babcock, Public Health Nurse, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program; and Kelly Barrows, Childhood Vaccine Program Compliance Coordinator, Snohomish Health District.
Interim State COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Update
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has shared its interim vaccine distribution plan online and DOH is seeking feedback to help understand the best ways to equitably distribute the vaccine as the department moves forward.
Focus groups and key informant interviews are underway for priority groups, and DOH is offering general feedback opportunities. Washington residents can find the plan and submit feedback on the DOH COVID-19 vaccine webpage.
Much like development and distribution of COVID-19 tests, it will take time to build the infrastructure and manufacturing capacity to produce and distribute vaccines in large quantities. Even after one or more vaccines have been deemed to be safe and effective, it may take a while before they are readily available. When that time comes, we will work to ensure that they are allocated in a safe and equitable manner here in Snohomish County. The currently estimated timeframe for vaccination opportunities to reach the general public is approximately mid-2021.
Contributed by Heather Thomas, Public & Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District
Increased Risk of COVID-19 from Smoking
Tobacco Treatment Resources
Contributed by Jennifer Reid, Healthy Communities Specialist, Snohomish Health District
Chris Spitters, MD Health OfficerSnohomish Health District