Washington state receives its first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

SEATTLE, Wash. — The first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has arrived safely in Washington at the UW Medical Center in Seattle.

At 10:11 a.m. on Monday morning, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee quote-tweeted a video posted by reporter Benjamin Woodard to social media.

It was announced on Friday evening that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination would receive emergency authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Distribution began almost immediately in limited quantities throughout the nation.

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On Sunday, Gov. Inslee announced via a press conference that vaccination could begin throughout the state of Washington on Tuesday. The expectation is that health care workers, the first line of defense against COVID-19, will be the first recipients of the wave of vaccines.

The Washington State Department of Health logged 199,735 confirmed cases as of Sunday. More locally, the Benton-Franklin Health District’s most recent update on Friday confirmed 17,027 cases in the bi-county region.

Gov. Inslee himself said that he’d take the vaccine once it was available to him.

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