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Health Advisory: Novavax Available to Order

Published July 28, 2022.

Requested actions

  • Be aware, Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is now available to order in Pierce County. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted it emergency use authorization (EUA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup approved.
    • EUA covers a 2-dose primary series for people 18 years or older, including those with immune compromise.
    • Booster doses are not currently authorized.
    • Expiration dates shown on the vaccine are not accurate. Check the Novavax website for correct expiration dates for specific lot numbers.
  • Pierce County’s Novavax supply is limited. Keep orders to 10 to 100 doses, unless you have high demand. Request vaccine through our vaccine depot at cdepot@tpchd.org.
    • Make sure to order enough vaccine for both doses in the series. We expect to have only this single supply of Novavax. 
  • Be aware, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) purchased 750,000 courses of bebtelovimab. They allocated the courses to providers across the country. The supply is available for full order through Aug. 15 and partial order through Aug. 22. Bebtelovimab will be available for commercial purchase on Aug. 15.
    • These federally purchased doses are the last available without cost to uninsured patients.
    • Prioritize these doses for uninsured patients.

Situation update

Pierce County

Total cases

Total deaths

7-day case rate

7-day new hospitalization rate

As of July 26, 2022

212,187

1,450

201.1 per 100,000

8.2 per 100,000

Pierce County COVID-19 data continue to show significant disparities by race and ethnicity, particularly affecting American Indian, Alaska Native, Black, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities. You can see these trends on our case data dashboard.

As of July 23, 2022, Pierce County residents received about 1,652,100 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 68.0% of Pierce County residents are fully vaccinated. See our COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard for details.

Graph of Pierce County COVID-19 data. For more information, call (253) 649-1412.

Vaccine

Testing

Processing times

Labs report varying amounts of time to process COVID-19 tests. To support faster turnaround, we encourage providers to use in-state labs. The table below shows COVID-19 test processing times for in-state private labs. If you have questions about Health Department-facilitated antigen tests, contact epitesting@tpchd.org.

Lab

Time to process test

Tests processed daily

FidaLab

24 hours

150

Kaiser

24–48 hours

3,000

LabCorp

24–48 hours

Unknown

Northwest Pathology

24–48 hours

4,000

Quest

24–48 hours

700

UW Virology

12–72 hours

3,800

Atlas Genomic

24–48 hours

10,000

Therapeutics

HHS allocates monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals to each state. DOH distributes doses to enrolled providers. Providers must enroll to order therapies in Health Partner Ordering Portal (HPoP) to manage COVID-19 therapies. For help, email mcm@doh.wa.gov.

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Prevention

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Reporting

  • Cases in the following people—call (253) 649-1412.
    • Healthcare workers (e.g., EMS, medical, nursing, any healthcare facility employee).
    • Public safety workers (e.g., law enforcement, firefighter).
    • Live or work in a long-term care facility, senior living center, permanent supportive housing or similar congregate setting (e.g., shelter, correctional facility) housing people at high risk of severe outcomes.
    • Anyone who dies with COVID-19.
    • Anyone with suspected MIS-C.
  • All other cases—fax the following to (253) 649-1357 or call (253) 649-1413.
    • Patient—first name, last name, date of birth, gender, race, ethnicity, preferred language, phone number, address and zip code.
    • Specimen—collection date and type (NP, nasal swab, blood, etc.).
    • Test—type (PCR, NAAT, antigen, antibody/serology) and result (detected, not detected, inconclusive).
    • Ordering facility.
  • For all cases, report the person’s race, ethnicity and preferred language.

Contacting the Health Department

  • Urgent issues—call (253) 649-1412.
  • Non-urgent issues—call (253) 649-1413 and leave a message. Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.

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