Jan. 13, 2021 –Jefferson Healthcare is excited to announce COVID-19 Immunization scheduling begins Thursday, January 14 at 9:00 am, for individuals 85 years old or older who are Jefferson County residents or have a Jefferson Healthcare primary care provider. Appointments are made through the Jefferson Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccine webpage, with the first appointment as soon as Monday, January 18, 2021. Individuals over 85 who are unable to access the website can call Jefferson County Emergency Management where volunteers will be available beginning Thursday to schedule appointments at 360.344.9791.
Tri-Area Pharmacy will partner with Jefferson Healthcare to help administer vaccine for individuals over the age of 85 and Jefferson County residents. Similar to Jefferson Healthcare, they will offer on-line appointments and the link is available on the Jefferson Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccine page. Appointments will be available Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21st at the Tri-Area Pharmacy in Port Hadlock.
Due to unpredictable vaccine availability, Jefferson Healthcare has partnered with Jefferson County Public Health to identify an age band strategy that brings forward the frailest, most vulnerable members of our community first. Jefferson County is the oldest county in the state; 8000 of our residents (approximately 1/3 of the population) are over the age of 70.
“At this time, we have not been allocated enough vaccine to operate a complete immunization rollout for phase 1B. Our county public health officer, Dr. Locke and our chief medical officer, Dr. Mattern, feel it is imperative to immunize our most vulnerable community members first. Dividing the population into smaller age bands is the most timely and efficient way to vaccinate the population given all available resources,” said Jennifer Wharton, Chief Ambulatory and Medical Group Officer.
Jefferson Healthcare will monitor inventory levels and allocation shipments from the State carefully to ensure deliverability on vaccines promised. Once a regular and predictable vaccine allocation schedule is established, Jefferson Healthcare will be positioned to open additional age bands to serve the community. “Our website will serve as the most up to date information in an environment where factors are changing daily. We urge the community not to call our clinics and scheduling lines for more information but to utilize our website or the volunteers at Emergency Management to schedule. Our staff is stretch to capacity already and the additional call load makes their work more difficult,” said Amy Yaley, Director of Marketing and Communications.
Community members are encouraged to help qualifying neighbors, friends and family members schedule immunization appointments through the online scheduling app. Scheduling through the website will be the easiest and timeliest method.
Assisted living facilities in Jefferson County are ordering and planning their own vaccination clinics for their residents.
Jefferson Healthcare is administering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses, not to be given sooner than 17 days apart. All immunization will occur by appointment only at the Jefferson Healthcare Drive-Thru Immunization Clinic located on 7th & Cleveland Street behind the Manresa Castle. The Drive Thru is currently able to serve 250 individuals per day and is scalable should inventory increase.
Tri-Area Pharmacy will administer the Moderna vaccine, which also requires two doses. Tri-Area is able to serve 80-100 individuals per day. Individuals 85 and older can call Tri-Area directly at 360.379.9800.
Individuals who qualify for phase 1A are still eligible to receive immunization and can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone receiving the vaccination at Jefferson Healthcare needs to bring the following to both the first and second dose appointment:
- 1B provide a state issued id that shows your age and residence in Jefferson County
- 1A provide state issued id, employee badge or healthcare employment identifier.
- Insurance information, if applicable
- Completed Patient Acknowledgment form
- Review V-Safe Information Sheet and EUA Fact Sheet