Rule urges state DOH to provide vaccine distribution information

OLYMPIA – Today, state Rep. Alicia Rule (D-Blaine) urged the state Department of Health to provide more information about when, how and where Whatcom County residents can access the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the letter, she asked the agency to provide a detailed distribution plan to ensure all Washingtonians who want the vaccine have access to information about it.

“With the approval of the vaccine, our community was starting to feel a sense of relief and an end in sight to this seemingly never-ending pandemic. However, the distribution of the vaccine has proven to be a confusing, inconsistent process,” she said in the letter. “I can think of nothing more important to prioritize than asking the Department of Health to clearly state their COVID-19 vaccination plan for Washingtonians in a meaningful and understandable manner. Every citizen deserves to know specifically: when, how, and where they can access the vaccine.”

“Members of our community have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and will continue to be. Our community deserves transparent and immediate answers, as well as equitable access to a vaccine that will prevent this deadly virus from continuing to spread,” she added.

The Whatcom County Health Department announced this week that COVID-19 cases have spiked across the county.

Rule is vice chair of the Children, Youth & Families Committee, and also serves on the Community & Economic Development and Capital Budget Committees. She was sworn in Saturday, Jan. 9 for her first term.

The full letter is available here.