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COVID-19 vaccine: The light at the end of the tunnel


The plan to distribute it with fairness and safety.  


Pierce County received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine today. The vaccine, made by Pfizer, received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11.

We are working with federal, state and local partners to equitably distribute this safe and effective vaccine.

Two other vaccines have shown promising results in clinical trials. And others are in different stages of development.

This is great news! Vaccine protection against COVID-19 will help us end the pandemic. That gets us closer to businesses fully reopening, more children returning to in-person learning, and more time with friends and family.

Vaccines have a long, successful track record.

Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health. They protect us from diseases like measles, mumps, and seasonal flu. They’ve eradicated other diseases like smallpox and polio.

Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine first?

At first, COVID-19 vaccine supply will be limited. Not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away.

People at highest risk of transmission and severe illness will receive the vaccine first. These include:

  • People who work in healthcare settings.
  • First responders who treat patients with COVID-19.
  • Older adults who live in congregate care settings.

Once more vaccine becomes available, we will follow the state’s distribution plan. This plan prioritizes certain groups, reflecting the state’s goal to close the equity gap COVID-19 has had on: 

  • Black, indigenous, and people of color communities.
  • People with limited English proficiency.
  • People living in shared housing.
  • People experiencing poverty and low-wage earners.
  • People with disabilities.
  • People who face barriers to healthcare.

Distribution will happen in phases. Our state and federal partners considered many factors—prioritization of high-risk groups, vaccine supply and distribution, logistics, safety, clinical guidance—to arrive at this approach.

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. We will keep you up to date on vaccine availability for you and your family as more arrives. Ending this pandemic is possible. Getting vaccinated is the next step.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine planning, development and safety standards at

Vaccine syringes in a box.