Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | [email protected] | 509.324.1539, c 509.994.8968
Spokane, Wash. – The Western States Science Safety Review Task Force reviewed federal process and recommended authorized emergency use of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in adults 18 years of age and older. The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) supports their recommendation and will begin offering doses to providers through their vaccine depot as soon as vaccine shipments arrive.
Dr. Francisco Velázquez, Chief Health Officer for SRHD, said: “Novavax offers people a more traditional protein-based COVID-19 vaccine option that they may be more comfortable with. We are excited to have four vaccine options that are excellent for preventing COVID-19, including preventing severe symptoms and outcomes that lead to hospitalization and death.
The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, with adjuvant, is given in a primary series of two doses, three weeks apart. The vaccine contains the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and the Matrix-M adjuvant. Adjuvants are incorporated into some vaccines to enhance the immune response of the vaccinated individual.
Velázquez encourages families to connect with their health care provider to learn more about vaccines and to find out if their health care provider offers the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine if that’s the vaccine you prefer.
Velázquez explained that the more of our population can be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the less virus transmission and hospitalizations we will see, and the safer it is for all members of the community to resume activities. public and the freedom to be around others.
It is prudent to contact your provider or pharmacy before visiting in person, as not all providers offer the vaccine. Vaccine shipments are expected to arrive this week from the Washington State Department of Health.
“Vaccines continue to be effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, including against the Delta and Omicron variants. We continue to see very effective protection against hospitalizations and severe consequences for those fully vaccinated,” Velázquez said.
Those who are eligible for the initial series of vaccines or a booster are encouraged to use DOHs VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov website or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # to be directed to Spokane County vaccine providers. Language assistance is available. Additionally, the SRHD website provides a map of providers who offer pediatric vaccines.
Healthcare providers are encouraged to register for vaccine administration by completing the COVID-19 Provider Inquiry Form on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Program Registration Webpage (under Registration for the COVID-19 vaccination program).