State celebrates 10-millionth vaccine dose administered in Washington

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A Washington Department of Health photo shows Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah at a vaccination clinic Monday in Walla Walla.

Washington health officials celebrated what they’re calling a significant milestone Monday with the state’s 10 millionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine administered.

For the occasion, state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah and Department of Health leaders gathered at a vaccination clinic in Walla Walla where children ages 5 to 11 were receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

That vaccine was recently approved for that age range.

“Giving out 10 million doses of life-saving vaccine is something we should all be proud of here in Washington,” Shah said. “Knowing that younger kids can now be protected from the worst outcomes of this virus is an incredible relief, not just for parents and families, but for everyone. The more people vaccinated, the more community protection we have, and that’s good for us all.”

DOH is asking for the public’s patience as the initial supply of the pediatric vaccine is limited.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District is hoping to have a vaccination clinic for ages 5-11 set up by as soon as this weekend.

DOH estimates the 10-millionth dose was administered Nov. 6.