The Clark County Board of Health agreed Wednesday morning to send a letter to state leaders seeking information regarding why the state has been supplying fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Clark County, according to a Clark County Public Health data analysis.
The goal of the letter is to ask the state to increase Clark County’s vaccine allocation to make it more in line with the county’s population and capacity to administer vaccine.
Clark County Councilor Gary Medvigy first proposed the letter at Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting. The letter, which could be finished as soon as this afternoon or evening, will likely be sent to Gov. Jay Inslee, state legislators and the Washington State Board of Health.
“We need to get this message out,” Medvigy said Wednesday. “We always, as a county, wanted to be a model of distribution and always in the position where we had more capacity to vaccinate than we had vaccines. We didn’t want the state to say, ‘Hey you’re not getting them out. We’re not going to give you more vaccines.’ So we’ve done all that. We have our infrastructure in place and we have the capacity up.”
Public Health’s data analysis of 15 Washington counties looked at the five counties with the highest, lowest and median population sizes. Despite being the state’s fifth-largest county, Clark County ranks 14th out of the 15 counties compared in the allocation of first doses per 1,000 residents and first-dose allocation as a percentage of the total county population.