Vaccine Distribution

What we know so far

Washington is currently in Phase 1B - Tier 1 of the phased approach and is prioritizing appointments for individuals 65 and older, or 50 and older if they live in a multigenerational household. Right now we have implemented a vaccine waitlist, due to inconsistent vaccine supply

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What We Know

  • Washington is currently in Phase 1B - Tier 1 of the phased approach and is prioritizing appointments for individuals 65 and older, or 50 and older if they live in a multigenerational household.

  • We are experiencing inconsistent vaccine supply and do not know from week to week how much vaccine will be available to our patients. Inconsistent vaccine supply makes it very difficult to schedule appointments in the future because we cannot guarantee appointments until we have vaccine on hand. Right now we have implemented a vaccine waitlist, due to inconsistent vaccine supply. 

  • Eligible individuals can find instructions to join the waitlist here.  

  • Vaccine appointments are dependent upon vaccine availability and weekly shipments of vaccine from the state of Washington.
  • A few local pharmacies are offering vaccines. This is a list of locations we know of.    
  • Thousands of local residents are calling our Vaccine Scheduling Line every day. We are experiencing a high volume of calls and have dedicated many resources to support this effort. We appreciate your patience.
  • DOH released updated guidance for Phase 1B on January 18. Phase 1B is broken up into four separate tiers, outlined here. However, these guidelines are fluid and subject to change.
  • Quantities of vaccine have been limited so far.

  • Washington State is distributing 40% of available vaccine to state-sponsored vaccine clinics. This will reduce the amount of vaccine going to each hospital, but it will increase the number of sites providing inoculations across the state.
  • Skagit Regional Health will follow direction given from the Washington DOH regarding progression through the phases, and will provide vaccines to our staff and patients in alignment with the DOH framework.


What We Do Not Know

  • Skagit Regional Health does currently know from week to week how much vaccine will be available. Inconsistent vaccine supply makes it very difficult to schedule appointments in the future because we cannot guarantee appointments until we have vaccine on hand. Right now we have implemented a vaccine waitlist to ensure we are only scheduling appointments we are confident we can fulfill. 

  • We do not know when we can begin scheduling patients in future phases for vaccines. Patients can sign up for our Vaccine Email to be notified when we know more about vaccine scheduling.

 

Safety is our top priority and this is a rapidly moving situation. Skagit Regional Health has a robust, skilled team working daily on the COVID-19 vaccination plan and is tightly connected to the regional, state-wide and national work underway to bring vaccines quickly, and safely to our patients.

 

Updated 1/22/2021