Peninsula clinics give 1,200 shots

First-dose vaccines in Chimacum now paused

PORT ANGELES — More than 1,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered at mass vaccination events on the North Olympic Peninsula on Saturday, public health officials said.

Ron Cameron, Clallam County undersheriff and emergency management director, said 894 doses were given at the scheduled clinic at Port Angeles High School on Saturday.

“So far we’ve had 29 today,” Cameron said when reached by cell phone Sunday.

“It’s moving right along, even with the weather.”

Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County health officer, said 308 inoculations were given at the one-day vaccination event at Chimacum High School on Saturday.

“Right now, we’re on pause for a week or two just because of allocation issues,” Locke said in a Sunday interview.

“We just have to adjust to whatever amount comes in.”

State health officials reduced Jefferson County’s allocation of the two-dose Moderna vaccine from about 1,800 doses to 800 doses last week, Locke said.

“Given the fact that Jefferson County is further along than anyone else in the state, we’re not crying foul or anything,” Locke said.

“Hopefully, the allocations are going to the areas that need it most, and the (vaccination) rates will increase around the state.”

Most of those at the Chimacum clinic received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine Saturday. First-dose vaccinations are expected to resume in Chimacum on April 17, Locke said.

The Clallam County event on Saturday was “largely second doses, but some first doses” of Pfizer vaccine, Cameron said.

Clallam County added four new COVID-19 cases Sunday for a total of 1,053 since March 2020.

All four new cases involved children, Clallam County Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry said in a Sunday text message.

“We’re continuing to see majority of our infections in children, so that trend is continuing,” Berry said in her weekly COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Jefferson County’s total case count has remained at 344 since last Monday.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s clinics in Sequim offer vaccinations for Clallam County residents 18 and older, with appointments at http://vaccine.clallam.net/register or 360-417-2430.

Openings for the Thursday clinic were still available as of Sunday.

To find other vaccination sites by ZIP code, see https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at [email protected].

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