Skagit County COVID-19 Vaccine Information, as of May 2, 2021

SKAGIT COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE

Mobile Vaccination Clinic with one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming to Skagit County after May 10
“If you can gather up 20 farmers/employees/individuals the Washington State Department of Health will bring their mobile clinic after May 10th to administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Please respond directly to Polly Dubbel (pollyd@co.skagit.wa.us) at Skagit County Public works if you are interested.” Please include the following information: Business Name, Address, Contact Name, Phone Number, Email Address, Number of Employees interested in J&

Skagit County continues in COVID-19 Phase 3 Recovery
Activities – – – Phase 3 Guidance

  • Social and at-home gathering size – indoor – – – Max of 10 people from outside your household
  • Social and at-home gathering size – outdoor – – – Max 50 people
  • Worship services – – – Indoor maximum 50% capacity
  • Retail stores (includes farmers’ markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies) – – – Maximum 50% capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
  • Professional services – – – Remote work strongly encouraged, 50% capacity otherwise
  • Eating and drinking establishments (establishments only serving individuals 21+ and no food remain closed) – – – Indoor dining available 50% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 12 AM. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 10 per table
  • Weddings and funerals – – – Ceremonies and indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply. Dancing is prohibited.
  • Indoor sports and fitness establishments (includes gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, indoor personal training, indoor dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing) – – – Sports competitions and tournaments allowed in all risk categories. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 50% capacity. Showers allowed.
  • Outdoor sports and fitness establishments (Outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails, outdoor campsites, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports) – – – Sports competitions and tournaments allowed in all risk categories. Maximum spectators allowed 400 with capacity restriction depending on facility. Guided activities allowed without hard caps subject to restrictions.
  • Indoor entertainment establishments (includes aquariums, indoor theaters, indoor arenas, indoor concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums, indoor bowling, indoor trampoline facilities, indoor cardrooms, indoor entertainment activities of any kind, indoor event spaces) – – – Maximum 50% capacity or 400 people, whichever is less. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply.
  • Outdoor entertainment establishments (includes zoos, outdoor gardens, outdoor aquariums, outdoor theaters, outdoor stadiums, outdoor event spaces, outdoor arenas, outdoor concert venues, rodeos) – – – Walk-up tickets allowed with restrictions. Maximum spectators allowed 400 with capacity restriction depending on facility.

UPDATEDCOVID-19 Vaccines
“Skagit County Public Health vaccine clinics held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds are now open to those eligible under Phases 1a and 1b-Tier 1 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Vaccine is available based on current supply. Scheduling for appointments can now be done online via the PrepMod scheduling tool. Phase Finder, the state’s online vaccine eligibility tool, will no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility beginning Wednesday, March 31st. All vaccine providers have been provided guidance around this change and should no longer be requiring proof of eligibility at vaccine appointments. To schedule an appointment, visit: https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/.” Click Here for the Skagit County Public Health Department vaccine webpage and the most current information about availability. Evening appointments are now available at the Fairgrounds. On March 31, Governor Inslee announced that all adults, ages 16 and older, are eligible for vaccination beginning on April 15.

NOTE: Please, No Pets at the Fairgrounds – Skagit County Public Health asks that people do not bring pets to the Fairgrounds. Service animals are permitted. This is to ensure the safety of our nursing staff and patients.

Northwest Labs is offering drive-through COVID-19 Testing by appointment at the Burlington Outlet Mall
“Beginning Thursday, April 22nd, Northwest Laboratories will be offering drive-through COVID-19 Testing in the Burlington Outlet Mall parking lot, located at 448 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 98233. The Testing Site is available to anyone, at any age, needing or wanting a test. This new testing location will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30am-11:45am and 1:15pm-4:30pm. Testing is provided by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/home or by phone at (360) 543-6904. Both the call-center and the Testing Site will have bilingual staff available.

Northwest Laboratories will be using a ThermoFisher TaqPath RT-PCR test at this location and results will be available within 24-48 hours. This is not a self-swab test; qualified nurses will collect swab samples. Testing is available to those with or without medical insurance. In most cases, tests will be provided at no-cost to the individual, although some restrictions may apply. For full details, visit: https://www.nwlaboratory.com/billing-faq/. For those who are insured, insurance information will be required at the time of scheduling. For more information about the new Testing Site at the Burlington Outlet Mall, please contact Northwest Laboratories at (360) 543-6904 or visit https://www.nwlaboratory.com/. For a list of other testing options near you, go to: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/TestingforCOVID19/TestingLocations.”

Skagit County Public Health  website: www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

Join our Facebook Group for updates about unclaimed vaccine doses

Last week, Public Health created a Facebook group to help connect people to unclaimed vaccine doses at the Skagit County Fairgrounds Clinic. Due to occasional no-shows, it is not uncommon that we may have some doses at the end of a clinic day that must be used right away. To ensure that no doses are wasted, Public Health is currently making these doses available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To join the group, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/skagitphvaxupdates.

Governor Inslee announced recently that beginning on April 15th, all Washingtonians 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When eligible, make an appointment at: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.

Minors and consent to vaccinate

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for people 16 years of age and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people 18 and older. Those ages 16-17 may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated. If making an appointment at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, verbal consent by a parent/guardian will be required at the time of the appointment. This can be done either in person or over the phone.

Vaccine Effectiveness in Youth 

A new study released by Pfizer shows that in clinical trials, the vaccine is safe and effective for adolescents age 12 to 15. Pfizer plans to submit their data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as soon as possible to request expansion of Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Depending on the outcome, this could mean vaccines may be authorized for those 12 years and older as early as this summer. Pfizer is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for teens 16 and 17 years old.

Housing Assistance for those impacted by COVID-19

Skagit County announced another round of assistance funds with the availability of $8.9 million in rent and utility assistance for Skagitonians impacted by COVID-19. The program is intended to prevent evictions during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis by paying past due and current/future rent and utilities for people needing relief. Funding is available for either renters or landlords who have lost income due to COVID-19 and are struggling to pay or collect rent. You can find additional information on how to apply and eligibility requirements here.

Tulip Festival Reminder

We’re so excited that the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is back this year, but COVID-19 is still present in our community so it’s important that visitors still take precautions. While visiting, and in any public spaces in Skagit, please wear your mask and practice social distancing (even if you’re fully vaccinated). This helps protect everyone from potential COVID-19 spread. We appreciate your help and cooperation!

To ensure social distancing can be practiced, Tulip Town and Roozengaarde are both ticketing entrance to their facilities this year. If you’re planning on visiting, get your tickets ahead of time at www.tuliptown.com and www.tulips.com

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