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IMPORTANT - VACCINE UPDATE


Monday 2/17/21: Important update from the Department of Health

"We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor weather conditions and consult with our industry partners about the best approach for ensuring successful COVID-19 vaccine shipments. There is an expectation that delays related to this historic weather event will continue through this week. We will continue to update you regarding adverse weather conditions as well as how the resumption of shipping will proceed as weather permits." 



This week, Island County vaccine providers, like most of the vaccine providers in WA, only received vaccine for second doses, not for first doses. All appointments this week will be for those needing second doses. For those due for a second dose, please monitor your email and voice mail for messages from providers regarding appointment schedules.



If you do not receive your second Moderna dose 28 days, or second Pfizer dose 21 days, after your first dose, you will NOT have to repeat the series of vaccines. Providers continue to work to get everyone's boosters completed as soon as possible.


For WhidbeyHealth, the scheduling tool is available through www.FindYourPhaseWA.org. The tool is only open when appointments are available. WhidbeyHealth will notify the community of schedule openings via social media and their News Landing page 


For Island Drug, if you had a postponed appointment in Oak Harbor, staff will be attempting to reach you by email, phone or text to reschedule you. The Clinton store appointements are unavailable until more vaccine is received.


For Camano Island Fire & Rescue's Clinic, appointments for this week are unavailable. More appointments will be added next week when the number of doses available becomes known. 


For Camano Island Health System's Clinic, the appointments are full, currently for second doses. Please do not phone or email the clinic for vaccine appointments. Staff will resume scheduling first doses once the number of doses available becomes known. 



Appointments fill fast. More Vaccine is coming each week. Please do not phone the hospital or pharmacies for vaccine appointments as all available staff is working to administer vaccines. 

Thanks for your patience.



Effective February 1, vaccine providers will be matching the number of appointments available to the number of vaccines received at each site. This will fluctuate weekly. If you have previously scheduled an appointment, Please review the information carefully from the provider you had scheduled with.  Refrain from calling them at this time as staff is trying to accommodate this scheduling change.

 

The providers and Public Health realize this is incredibly frustrating. Everyone is trying to develop the best method going forward, in response to changing information from the Federal and State governments. By working together, with patience and understanding, Island County residents will get the vaccines safely and in the most efficient manner possible. We all apologize for this difficult adjustment as providers pivot to a system with less future cancelations, postponements and confusion.

 

Please remember that if your appointment was canceled or postponed, it is still expected that you will receive your vaccine within the next few months, as per recent projections from the State DOH. This delay is temporary.


-More details coming soon and posted here when available-




COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccination is an important step on the path out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Island County Public Health (ICPH), in coordination with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and other partners, continue to plan for Island County vaccine distribution.

DOH and ICPH are using a phased approach to administering the vaccine as developed by the DOH allocation guidance. The DOH update on vaccination allocation is available online with the COVID-19 Vaccination Progress Dashboard and Data.  

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Learn How the Vaccine Works

Vaccines help your immune system fight future infections. The COVID-19 will train your body to develop defenses to the disease without having to get sick. More details about this are available online

Current Phase: Phase 1 Tier B1

Individuals who meet Phase 1B Tier 1 Allocation are individuals over the age of 65 and individuals over the age of 50 who live in a multigenerational household. A multigenerational household is defined as two generations in a household with an adult over 50; does not include adults caring for their own children. Individuals who meet Phase 1A Tier 1 and 2 are also still eligible to receive vaccine.

The current vaccine allocation is NOT for individuals who want to go visit sick or elderly family members. Studies of the vaccine have not yet shown evidence that it prevents the spread of the COVID-19. However, it has been shown to help people from getting severely sick should they contract the virus. This is why it is important to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wear a mask and washing your hands frequently. 

Next Phase: Phase 1B2 Allocation Group

How to Find Your Phase and Schedule Your Vaccine

Washington State Department of Health has created a website that helps you determine your phase and schedule a vaccine appointment with a nearby provider.

Please visit FindYourPhaseWA.org 

Vaccination Locations

ICPH is not the provider of vaccinations. Public Health is coordinating the delivery of vaccines to providers. Find a complete list of vaccination locations at Washington State Department of Health. To confirm your eligibility, please visit FindYourPhaseWA.org.  Please note some locations must be scheduled through the Find Your Phase website.

Anacortes

Island Medical Center Pharmacy
1211 24th Street
Anacortes, WA  98221

Camano Island

Camano Island Health System
1283 Elger Bay Road, Suite A
Camano Island, WA  98282

Email: info@camanoislandhealth.com
This site just opened. Please be patient with staff. 

Everett

Providence Medical Building at Colby Campus
1330 Rockefeller Avenue
Everett, WA  98201

Skagit County Fairgrounds

January 26 Mass Clinic

Snohomish County

https://www.snohd.org/564/COVID-Vaccine-Info

Whidbey Island

Island Drug
32170 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, WA  98277

WhidbeyHealth
101 North Main Street
Coupeville, WA  98239


Providers and Public Health are working together to increase the numbers of places providing vaccine and will update the list as they become available.

The Center in Oak Harbor is not a Provider of vaccines at this time. They are assisting Seniors with the Find Your Phase tool.


Island County Strong

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE APPOINTMENTS AT MULTIPLE SITES WHEN YOU DO THIS, YOU ARE LIMITING THE POTENTIAL OF SOMEONE ELSE TO BE VACCINATED


Vaccine Details

The two vaccines Public Health received are from Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) and Moderna.

Pfizer Vaccine Approval

On December 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for persons 16 years and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also voted to recommend the vaccine.

Moderna Vaccine Approval

On December 18, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for persons 18 years and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also voted to recommend the vaccine.

Chart Comparing Vaccines


Effectiveness of Vaccines

Clinical trial data shows that the vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19 infection starting seven days after the second dose. An individual is not considered fully protected until one to two weeks after they receive the second dose.

Individuals receiving vaccinations do not have to self-isolate during the vaccination process.


Eligibility for Vaccinations

Currently, WhidbeyHealth in Coupeville and Island Drug located in Oak Harbor are vaccinating individuals who meet the 1A and 1B requirements. Individuals who meet 1A or 1B requirements will be required to provide proof of eligibility in the form of a voucher letter or proof of employment in the form of badge or employee identification card. A scheduled appointment is required. 

Find out more detail about when you are eligible for the vaccine online.


Mass Clinics

ICPH is not planning to hold massive vaccination clinics at this time due to the refrigeration requirements. ICPH is monitoring the delivery of vaccines and will respond in partnership with community vaccine providers, as necessary. Due to the time it takes to thaw vaccine, appointments are required to receive a vaccine at a vaccination provider location.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI)

Vaccinations for Navy base 1A and 1B personnel are being addressed by the Navy staff. Please refer to base communications for updates. Note: Phase 1B for the Navy is different than the communities Phase 1B.





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