Vaccination Update, Friday, May 14, 2021
Vaccine Supply & Demand:
As the community continues to vaccinate against COVID-19, the need for Jefferson Healthcare to host mass vaccination clinics with a drive thru clinic model is coming to an end. Instead, our community will benefit from options that offer added convenience, like walk-in and pop-up clinics in various locations throughout the community.
Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Public Health, and three area pharmacies (Safeway, QFC in Port Hadlock, and Tri-Area Pharmacy in Port Hadlock) will continue with targeted vaccination models to accommodate the community.
In time, Jefferson Healthcare will transition to offer COVID-19 vaccinations along with other routine immunizations within the Primary Care Clinics. The most current vaccination options are listed on the Jefferson County Public Health website here.
Vaccination Update, Friday, May 7, 2021
Vaccine Supply & Demand:
Vaccine inventory is stable and the Drive Thru Immunization Clinic has operated under shortened hours of operation because of unfilled appointment slots.
All Jefferson County residents and individuals who work in Jefferson County, over the age of 16, are eligible and encouraged to receive vaccination!
We continue to work with our community partners to reach our goal of 70-80% of Jefferson County residents to be fully vaccinated by the end of Spring.
Appointments at Jefferson Healthcare Drive Thru Immunization Clinic are available for the following dates and can be scheduled directly through this website appointment link:
- Moderna (approved for 18 years and older) appointments are open for Tuesday, May 11th
- Pfizer appointments are available for anyone 16 and older for Saturday, May 15th
Vaccination Update, Friday, April 30, 2021
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.
Vaccination Update, Friday, April 23, 2021
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
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
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
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.[/vc_column_text]
Vaccination Update, Friday, March 26, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.*
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.
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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.