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States Respond to COVID-19: Vaccination Distribution Plans

This week, the administration approved the Pfizer vaccination for emergency use. In preparation, states have outlined their vaccine distribution plans, which must be submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The federal government has allocated Florida 179,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the first shipment. Florida plans to prioritize residents of long-term care facilities and health care workers in high risk environments.

Washington expects to receive 62,000 doses of the vaccine in the first shipment and also plans to prioritize high-risk workers in health care settings, highest-risk first responders, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. About 189 health care providers in the state are enrolled as vaccine providers.

Colorado expects to receive 47,000 doses of the first set of the Pfizer vaccine. The state will prioritize highest risk health care workers and individuals, as well as high- and moderate-risk health care workers and responders for the winter. In the spring, the state will branch out to high-risk essential workers and individuals.

In Arizona, the Navajo Nation, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, expects to receive 3,900 initial doses of the vaccine to treat health care workers and high-risk individuals on reservations.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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