Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), following their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan as well as the vaccine distribution plan created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These plans guide local and federal planning efforts, listing out each step in the vaccine distribution process.
The allocation of COVID-19 vaccines is a community effort—no single organization alone will provide vaccine to everyone that wants it. That is why DOH and local health jurisdictions are working together to enhance and support existing systems that have traditionally provided vaccine to our communities.
SRHD is currently working through pre-established vaccine distribution avenues to ensure equitable and efficient distribution in our county while also supporting providers approved for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
SRHD’s Immunization Outreach team is working with local school districts to vaccinate their Phase 1A and B tier 1 staff and with local first responders including fire, EMTs and correctional staff to ensure their staff also receive vaccine. We have also created teams to vaccinate staff and residents at long-term care centers, adult family homes and senior living centers not affiliated with the state’s long-term care pharmacy agreement. Our teams are also vaccinating high-risk people living homeless and in shelters and other congregate living situations.
The Immunization Outreach team at SRHD relies on volunteers to support these efforts, including university clinical students, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers, and medical staff within organizations, such as school nurses or jail clinical staff. Learn more about the MRC.