According to a press release from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), health officials are hopeful that they will have a COVID-19 vaccine to begin administering by mid-December.
The federal government has given the DOH an estimate of 62,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for initial allocation, and by the end of December, will receive an estimated total of around 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to the release. From there they expect regular weekly shipments to begin in January.
There is not an estimate yet on the Moderna vaccine, but more information is expected to come out after Moderna submits their application for an emergency use authorization.
According to an article by the Washington Post, both companies have reported that their vaccines are 95% effective in trials.
The release said that the first people eligible to receive the vaccine are high-risk workers in health care settings. They have called this phase 1A and said they will share more information about vaccine phases in coming weeks.