Washington state will make those 16 and older eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday and some North Olympic Peninsula residents can make appointments now.
Several vaccination clinics are scheduled over the next two weeks in Jefferson and Clallam counties.
Only Pfizer’s vaccine has federal emergency use authorization for people 16 and older, while Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are approved for residents 18 and older.
Pfizer and Moderna are two-dose vaccine shots given three and four weeks apart respectively, while Johnson & Johnson is only a single-dose shot.
Many local pharmacies across the Peninsula are scheduling individual appointments. The state has created a vaccination locator at https://vaccine locator.doh.wa.gov/.
Some of the larger grocery store chains such as Walmart, Safeway and QFC receive regular shipments of COVID-19 vaccines.
Mass vaccination clinics are for that specific county’s residents, due to the state’s vaccination allocations being based on population.
Appointments for upcoming vaccination events put on by Clallam County Emergency Management and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will open at 9 a.m. Monday at http:// vaccine.clallam.net/register or by phone at 360-417-2430.
The tribe had begun vaccinating people 18 and older last month.
As a sovereign nation, is not required to follow the state’s vaccination priorities, although the rest of the North Olympic Peninsula must continue in the state’s tiers.
Clallam County Emergency Management clinic at Port Angeles High School will provide Moderna vaccine on April 17, Johnson & Johnson on April 18, and Pfizer on April 24-25.
The 16- and 17-year-olds going to the Pfizer vaccination clinics each will need a parent/guardian with them or a signed consent form, which will be posted on http://vaccine.clallam.net/register Monday, according to Dr. Allison Berry, Clallam County health officer.
Jamestown’s clinic at Trinity United Methodist Church and Carrie Blake Park will have about 800 Johnson & Johnson appointments on April 20 and April 22.
Jefferson Healthcare hospital will host Johnson & Johnson clinics on Thursday and on April 21; appointments can be made at https://jeffersonhealth care.org/covid-19-vaccine, said Amy Yaley, Jefferson Healthcare spokesperson.
Jefferson Healthcare also has a Moderna clinic scheduled for April 23, with appointments already available at the link above.
The hospital also will host a special Pfizer clinic on Wednesday, April 21 for 16- and 17-year-olds. Each teen is required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have the patient acknowledgement form signed by a legal guardian.
The hospital will not accept photographs, copies or over-the-phone verbal consent if the original form is forgotten, Yaley said.
Appointments for the Pfizer clinic are available and the consent form can be found at https://jefferson healthcare.org/covid-19-vaccine.
Jefferson County Public Health and the county Department of Emergency Management will operate an appointment-only Moderna vaccination clinic on April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chimacum School District Multi-Purpose Room, 91 West Valley Road.
Appointments for the Chimacum High School Clinic can be made at bit.ly/jeffcovax or by calling 360-344-9791 for those without internet access.
Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]