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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates (Archive)

Jefferson Healthcare is a public hospital located in Port Townsend, Washington

This page was last updated 04/23/2021 at 02:30 pm

Vaccination Update, Friday, April 30, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation from the Department of Health of shipment for 1200 Moderna 2nd doses and 1170 Pfizer 1st doses.  Additionally, after careful review the CDC and scientific experts from the Western States Scientific Safety Review work group, the pause on the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been lifted.  The vaccine continues to be a safe and effective vaccine with benefits of the vaccine far outweighing the risks.

“It’s your turn!  Schedule today!”

Individuals who live or work in Jefferson County can schedule a vaccine appointment at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, Washington.

Please note, due to the inconsistent supply of vaccine it is possible some scheduled appointments could be postponed.

Vaccine is for all residents of Jefferson County regardless of immigration status.  No information about immigration status is needed and it will not be asked for, collected, or shared as a part of receiving the vaccine.

Cancel appointment

We understand situations change.  Please use this link if you need to cancel a scheduled appointment.  This helps to ensure all vaccine is used and nothing goes to waste.

“¡Es tu turno! ¡Programa hoy!”

Las personas que viven o trabajan en el condado de Jefferson pueden programar una cita para vacunas en Jefferson Healthcare en Port Townsend, Washington.

Tenga en cuenta que debido al suministro irregular de vacunas, es posible que se pospongan algunas citas programadas.

La vacuna es para todos los residentes del condado de Jefferson sin importar su estatus migratorio. No se necesita información sobre el estado migratorio y no se solicitará, recopilará ni compartirá como parte de la recepción de la vacuna.

How can I make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

Qualifying Jefferson County residents can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments directly from the Jefferson Healthcare Vaccine website.  Posting the appointment link directly to the website simplifies the appointment process and allows individuals to check back for an appointment at their convenience.  The schedule will be updated on Friday afternoons based on vaccine availability.  First and second dose appointments are scheduled simultaneously three to four weeks apart and at the same time for each appointment.

Individuals who need assistance to schedule or cancel appointments may call the volunteers at Jefferson County Emergency Management 360.344.9791. Volunteers will be available weekdays, 9 am -5 pm.

All vaccinations are done at the Drive Thru Immunization Clinic in Port Townsend.  Patient Acknowledgment forms are available in English and Spanish and can be printed directly from our website or they are available at the Immunization Clinic.

Once I have a vaccine appointment, where will I go to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

All vaccination will occur by appointment only at the Jefferson Healthcare Drive-Thru Immunization Clinic located on 7th & Cleveland Street behind the Manresa Castle.

Follow this link for a google map https://goo.gl/maps/g2Ks9mh9tsfJpGcF8

I have an appointment, what do I need to bring to the appointment?

Please plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment (arriving early, only creates backups).  Bring your ID and insurance card if you have one.  All patients must sign the acknowledgment form before each vaccine.  If you do not have a printer, forms will be available at the Immunization Clinic.

Vaccine forms can be found in the right margin of this page.

I made an appointment, but I need to change the date of my second appointment. What do I do?

Our current system automatically schedules your second appointment at the CDC recommended interval.  We encourage you to schedule so that both appointments accommodate your schedule.  Rescheduling can be complicated based on the vaccine allocated to us.  If you absolutely need to reschedule your second appointment please email vaccineresponse@jeffersonhealthcare.org and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.

I made an appointment, but I need to cancel my appointment. What do I do?

Please use the red cancel button found on this page to cancel your appointment.

Who is eligible to schedule a vaccination in Jefferson County?

All Jefferson County residents, 16 and older and those who work in Jefferson County are eligible to schedule at Jefferson Healthcare.

Why are we only vaccinating Jefferson County Residents and Jefferson Healthcare patients?

The state is basing vaccine allocation on county population,  Jefferson Healthcare’s primary responsibility is to county residents and the patients we serve.

I have scheduled my appointment but need to change the date or time. What do I do?

Please use the link on this page to cancel your existing appointment and then use the appointment link to schedule another appointment at your convenience.

Do I still need to wear a mask after my vaccine?

Yes, wearing a mask provides an additional layer of protection.  The same way social distancing and hand washing provide layers.  When you receive the vaccine you have an additional layer of protection.

I would like to volunteer to help with vaccination efforts.

Reach out to EOC to become preregistered as an emergency volunteer jcdem@co.jefferson.wa.us

Is there any reason I would not be able to schedule right now?

  • Not have had a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Not be sick with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Not have had contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Not be allergic to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine (for more information, see the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Approval Fact Sheet)

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more  here.

I have more questions about the vaccine.

Information about the vaccine is changing by the hour.  We will keep this page as current as possible, but if you have more questions please visit

Vaccination Update, Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation from the Department of Health of shipment for 1200 Moderna 2nd doses and 300 Moderna 1st doses.  As we await further instruction from the CDC regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we encourage anyone 18 and older to schedule for the Moderna clinic on April 30.


Vaccination Update, Friday, April 16, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation from the Department of Health of shipment for 1200 Moderna 2nd doses and 300 Moderna 1st doses.  We canceled both Johnson & Johnson clinics due to issues reported about an extremely rare disorder involving people with blood clots in combination with low platelets in a small number of individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. As we wait further instruction from the CDC regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we encourage anyone 18 and older to schedule for one of the Moderna clinics on April 22nd or 23rd.

Vaccination Update, Friday, April 9, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation from the Department of Health of shipment for 1200 Moderna 2nd doses and 300 Moderna 1st doses.  This is the lowest amount of 1st dose vaccine we have received in nearly two months and unfortunately, this coincides with next week’s expanding eligibility.  To prepare for the increased demand for vaccination, we cobbled together additional Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and received a transfer of 500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the Jamestown Clinic. The additional vaccine will allow us to fully operate our vaccination services when eligibility expands.  We are very grateful to the Jamestown Clinic for their help jumpstarting this last phase of vaccination.

Vaccination Update, Friday, April 2, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation of shipment for a half shipment of 600 Moderna 1st/prime doses.  We will not receive a 2nd dose/booster shipment for next week because no 2nd doses are scheduled. This is attributed to the shift from Pfizer administration to Moderna.  Statewide we continue to see higher demand than supply for the vaccine.  Supply is anticipated to open up in the next few weeks.

Vaccination Update, Friday, March 26, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today we received confirmation of shipment for 1170 Pfizer 2nd/booster doses and a half shipment of 600 Moderna 1st/prime doses.  This is the first time in many weeks that we have not received an allocation for the full amount requested from the state.  We believe this will continue for a few weeks until other counties in the state can vaccinate larger proportions of their population.

Vaccination Update, Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Vaccine Clinic:

To assist community members who have limited mobility, need to utilize public transportation, or need to be within walking distance to the emergency department, Jefferson Healthcare will offer a half-day clinic in the main conference room on April 6 with a 2nd dose appointment on April 27.  Those interested can schedule by calling Emergency Management at 360.344.9791 weekdays from 9 am -5 pm.

Vaccination Update, Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Vaccine Clinic:

We are pleased to announce changes to our vaccine notification and scheduling system that we hope will make scheduling an appointment easier to accomplish. Effective immediately, if you are eligible for vaccination, per Phase Finder eligibility requirements, you can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments directly from the Jefferson Healthcare Vaccine website. We are implementing this change now because nearly all 65+ residents of our community have been notified and future eligibility tiers will be based on occupation and risk group and not strictly on age. We believe posting the appointment link directly to the website will simplify the appointment process and allow eligible individuals to check back for an appointment at their convenience.

Vaccination Update, Friday, March 5, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Today, we received confirmation of another 1st dose Pfizer shipment in addition to our scheduled 2nd dose shipment! This is exciting news, and we will resume scheduling individuals 65 and older in addition to individuals 50+ who live in multi-generational households, and K-12 school staff and childcare providers.

Vaccination Update, Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Consistent vaccine shipments for the past three weeks have allowed us to move through the “When is it my turn?” notification list at a very rapid pace.  We requested another 1170 Pfizer first/primary dose and 1170 Pfizer second/booster dose shots and hope our order will be approved this Friday.  Operating the immunization clinic is labor intensive and operationally complex. A predictable supply of vaccine makes staffing, scheduling and all other operating logistics much more orderly and allows us to predict when we will reach age band milestones.

Vaccination Update, Friday, February 26, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Here we go again!

Today we received confirmation that we will receive another primary/1st dose Pfizer allocation of 1170 doses. We expect the vaccine to arrive early next week. This is great news for our community and supports our belief that vaccine supply lines are increasing and becoming more predictable.

1000 Email invitations for vaccination appointments were sent out Friday afternoon inviting those as young as 69 years old who registered through our “When is it my turn” notification system.  We are as pleased to see the line move as you are and hope to be able to offer vaccination appointments to all residents over the age of 65 within the next few weeks. If you are 65 and older and have not registered for vaccination on “when is it my turn”, please do so and we will contact you when you are eligible.

Vaccination Update, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

We have emailed appointment links to over 3500 community members who signed up with our “When is it my turn?” notification list.  And as of Monday morning, emails went to individuals as young as 70 years old!

Residents continue to sign up for a notification, and when added to the list, they are prioritized by age.  The list is also sorted by the sign-up date.  The oldest are always notified first, and we continue down the list sorted by age and sign-up date.  Progress through the age bands has gone more quickly than anticipated. New (older) individuals add to the list, and others fall off because they received vaccine elsewhere or do not respond after several attempts.  These factors make it challenging to share the exact age group that is currently eligible at Jefferson Healthcare.   While email notifications went to 70 year olds this week, not all 70 year olds on the list were contacted due to the amount of vaccine on hand.

Vaccination Update, Friday, February 19, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

This week was inspiring because we immunized another 1000 community members against COVID-19! We continue to move through our “When is it my turn” notification list, working through our oldest and most medically vulnerable. And more good news, we just learned that we would receive another 1st dose shipment for next week! This news is incredible for our community because the vaccine supply in our state remains very tight.

Vaccination Update, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

Our Drive Thru Immunization Clinic continued administering prime/1st dose of Pfizer today from the shipment we received Tuesday.  Jefferson Healthcare was one of only a few hospitals receiving first/primary dose vaccine this week, and we are grateful to be able to offer new vaccinations to our community.  Individuals who registered for notification on our website were emailed appointment links last Friday, and emails continue to be sent out.

Vaccination Update, Friday, February 12, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

We have vaccine!

This morning (Friday, 2/12) we were informed that our orders for 200 Moderna second/booster dose vaccines AND 975 Pfizer first/primary dose vaccines were approved. Inclement weather has complicated shipping, so we have been told to expect delivery Tuesday, February 16. We will operate the immunization clinic this coming Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday to assure all Pfizer 1st dose/booster shots are delivered as quickly as possible. The Moderna vaccine supply is designated for 2nd/booster dose shots and will be used to fill prescheduled 2nd dose vaccinations.

Vaccine Update, Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Vaccine Supply:

As shared in Monday’s update, Jefferson Healthcare ordered 975 Pfizer first dose/primary shots, 500 Moderna first dose/primary shots, and 200 Moderna second dose/booster shots from the Department of Health. We expect to learn the results of our order no later than Thursday, 2/11. If our order is approved, it will be shipped over the weekend and received Monday, 2/15. Upon order confirmation, we will resume scheduling first/primary dose shots and operate the vaccination clinic daily until all vaccine is administered. If our order is rejected, we will place another order next Monday.

Vaccination Update, Monday February 8, 2021

Vaccine Clinic:

The Jefferson Healthcare Drive Thru Immunization Clinic operated all weekend and provided 458 second/booster dose shots. We did not provide any first/primary shots due to limited vaccine availability. To date, we have provided 5,056 total vaccinations and completed 1,553 two dose regimens, representing 6% of our population.

The vaccination center was open today and will provide second/booster doses every day for the next 5 days (2/8-12). During this stretch we expect to provide 1,727 second dose/booster vaccinations completing the two shot regimen for 94% of our patients.

We have limited ability to schedule additional first/primary dose vaccinations because of unfilled vaccination orders. We do expect some first/primary dose vaccinations (300-400) to be scheduled next week due to our vaccination team’s ability to draw extra doses from each Pfizer vile, in an CDC acceptable manner. These vaccinations will be prioritized by existing eligible age cohort, clinical frailty and community equity.*

Vaccine Supply:

Jefferson Healthcare placed an order today, 2/8 for 975 first dose/primary shots, 500 Moderna first dose/primary shots and 200 Moderna second dose/booster from the DOH, an amount proportional to the size of our community. Typically, the order takes 3-4 days to process and we will likely learn the results no later than Thursday, 2/11. If our order is approved, it will be shipped over the weekend and received Monday, 2/15. Upon order confirmation, we will resume scheduling first/primary dose shots and operate the vaccination clinic daily until all shots are put in arms.  If our order is rejected, we will place another order next Monday.

In addition, Jefferson County Public Health submitted an order for 500 Moderna vaccinations. If successful, the vaccine will be transferred to Jefferson Healthcare and we will immediately begin scheduling first/primary dose vaccinations with this supply.

Vaccine Supply Assessment:

We are still in the middle of a vaccine shortage, due to extraordinary high demand and limited Pfizer/Moderna supply. This shortage is more acute for rural communities because the DOH is redirecting as much as 40% of all vaccine to urban mass vaccination sites. We expect this shortage to continue until the end of the month. Johnson & Johnson has applied for FDA Emergency Use Authorization and is prepared to ship 3-5 million doses by early March and another 100 million doses by end of June. Additionally, the Johnson & Johnson product is a 1 dose vaccine so we expect it to markedly improve availability of supply and efficiency of vaccinating our community.

View complete Vaccination dashboard [link]

View previous updates [link]

This post will be updated Wednesday, February 10.

 

*Age cohort: 75 years old and older.  We will remain in this age band until all/most residents have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Clinically frail: A select number of active oncology, home health patients and other clinically frail and vulnerable patients. This cohort is narrowly defined by medical staff and leadership.

Community Equity: Members of our community eligible for vaccination but being left behind.

A Message from our CEO, Mike Glenn
February 5, 2021 (updated 2/8/21)

Jefferson Healthcare’s vaccination center will be providing 2nd dose/booster shots for the next several days.  We ordered and recently received 975 doses of Pfizer booster vaccine and will begin vaccinating 2nd dose/booster shots for scheduled patients Saturday through Friday.  In addition, we expect to receive an additional 975 doses of Pfizer booster vaccine the following week and will continue vaccinating scheduled booster shots throughout the week.  As you are likely aware, the Pfizer vaccine requires a booster shot 21 days after the primary shot and CDC protocols recommend this 2 shot regimen be followed. We are very pleased to have confirmed enough vaccine to complete the booster dose in 100% of our vaccination patients.

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