Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation cut by 40%

Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation is being cut by 40% next week.

“This is disruptive and frustrating. We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-the-ground success,” Inslee tweeted.

He said no explanation was given.

Inslee said the state was alerted to the cuts by the Centers for Disease Control, and that other states are seeing similar cuts, but specific numbers were not provided for other states.

The governor said that Washington is committed to getting all of the doses it was originally allocated and he will continue to push for answers.

The Washington State Department of Health was notified of the cuts by the CDC on Wednesday night, according to the governor’s office.

The reduction will affect the shipment of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled to arrive Dec. 22.