Department of Health responds swiftly to letter from Rep. Vick and other Southwest Washington legislators calling for more COVID vaccinations for Clark County

In a bipartisan effort today, Rep. Brandon Vick invited other Southwest Washington lawmakers to join him in calling on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to send more COVID-19 vaccine allocations to Clark County.

Just hours after receiving a joint letter from the lawmakers, the DOH quickly responded, requesting a meeting for this Saturday, to discuss the vaccine allocation issues raised by the legislators, including how many vaccine doses are coming into the county.

Secretary of Health Umair Shah and Michele Roberts, Acting Secretary for Prevention and Community Health, will be in attendance to answer questions.

“We appreciate the quick response from the Department of Health and look forward to meeting with them this weekend to find resolutions to these issues,” said Vick, R-Vancouver.

According to data from Clark County Public Health, despite being the fifth largest county in Washington, Clark County trails the four largest counties in the state in the number of doses per 1,000 residents by a significant amount.

“Clark County residents have not been treated fairly when it comes to vaccine allocations,” added Vick. “I'm grateful to the other legislators who joined with me in this important effort. We will continue to work together to see that residents in our county receive their fair share of vaccine allocations from the state.”

Lawmakers hope to accomplish the following changes when they meet with the DOH:

  • Make Clark County a higher priority on the DOH vaccine allocation distribution list.
  • Make sure the county is receiving an equal portion of both first and second doses based on the county's population in comparison to other counties.
  • Make sure the DOH catch's up on the number of vaccine allocations that are already behind in the County.
  • Make sure the DOH is working with local health jurisdictions to ensure providers have access to, and can use, both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Click here to read the full letter sent to the DOH.

The 2021 legislative session is schedule to end April 25.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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