Updated March 3, 2021
The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services has elected to hold community vaccination clinics for individuals who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination in partnership with Olympic Medical Center and North Olympic Healthcare Network for the greater Port Angeles area, including Joyce, Jamestown Family Health Clinic in Sequim and Forks Community Hospital for residents of the West End.
Vaccinations are not available at Olympic Medical Physician clinics at this time. Individuals who are interested in receiving the vaccine and who are currently eligible can participate in the mass vaccination clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim.
In the current phase of vaccinations, as prescribed by the Washington State Department of Health, the following individuals are currently eligible:
For more information on the Washington State Department of Health’s framework for vaccine allocation and prioritization, including the Phase Finder, click here.
Updated March 8, 2021
Individuals who wish to participate in these vaccinations must register online in advance.
Port Angeles High School Gymnasium
304 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA
OMC Vaccination Clinics: Pfizer
NOHN Vaccination Clinics: Moderna
Olympic Medical Center will provide staffing and supply of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible Clallam County residents at the Port Angeles vaccination clinic on March 27-28.
OMC is planning to administer approximately 1,000 doses per day at the Port Angeles vaccination clinics.
North Olympic Healthcare Network will provide staffing and supply of the Moderna vaccine at the Port Angeles vaccination clinic on the remaining two weekends in March.
Updated March 8, 2021
Jamestown Family Health Clinic has announced details on upcoming vaccination clinics. For more information, see below and visit jamestownhealth.org. Individuals who wish to participate in these vaccinations must register online in advance.
UPCOMING FIRST DOSE CLINICS
Individuals seeking their second dose from the Jamestown Family Health Clinic should reference the date listed on the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card they received after their first dose.
Trinity United Methodist Church,
100 South Blake Avenue,
James Center For The Performing Arts,
350 North Blake Ave,
Jamestown Family Health Clinic will offer Moderna vaccinations to residents of the Sequim area – individuals 65 years or older, plus their partner (regardless of age).
Olympic Medical Center is providing additional staffing to support the Jamestown Family Health vaccination clinic in Sequim, beginning on February 2.
For more information, visit jamestownhealth.org.
Updated March 8, 2021
Forks Community Hospital has recently offered vaccinations for eligible West End residents in Forks, Clallam Bay and Joyce. Details on future vaccinations clinics on the West End will be posted when they are available.
Residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior congregate living settings, are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Patients of OMP / OMC who live in one of these settings should direct their inquiries to customer contacts at these residences.
Please be patient as this is all very new and information is subject to change. Please contact us if you have further concerns or questions, and in the meantime, please continue to wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands.
Olympic Medical Center began administering vaccines to front-line health care workers on Dec. 18. Samantha Counts, an RN in the Emergency Services department, became OMC’s first front-line health care worker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s been a very stressful year, and we’re all very tired,” Counts said. “We’re all ready to put this behind us.”
Updated March 5, 2021
The Washington State Department of Health released on March 4 an updated timeline for Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases. For more information on the Department of Health’s interim vaccine allocation and prioritization guidance (updated March 4), click here. More information is available at doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19.
President Biden on March 2 directed all states to provide vaccines for teachers and licensed childcare workers. The Washington State Department of Health immediately added educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington’s Tier 1, Phase 1B eligibility.
Governor Inslee announced on Jan. 18 a state-wide plan for widespread vaccine distribution and administration, which included changing the age threshold for those eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B, Tier 1.
Tiers 1 & 2 // Currently eligible
Tier 1 // Currently eligible
Tier 2 // March 22 (estimated)
Tier 4 // April 26 (estimated)
As noted by the Department of Health, this approach prioritizes population groups that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to external social factors and systemic inequities.
Each group will become eligible for the vaccine one at a time and will continue to be eligible throughout the vaccine distribution.
Updated March 1, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines, first the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 11, the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 18 and, most recently, the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine on Feb. 27. Federal and state officials will determine how to distribute the Janssen vaccine.
The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the state of Washington on Monday, Dec. 14. Olympic Medical Center expects to receive a distribution of 975 doses of the vaccine.
Olympic Medical Center is prepared to administer approved vaccines according to the phased approach outlined in the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
Each potential COVID-19 vaccine undergoes thorough clinical trials before the FDA reviews test results and any side effects in order to determine that it is safe and effective. If approved by the FDA, each vaccine also undergoes additional review by a multi-state vaccine workgroup, the COVID Vaccine Safety Review Workgroup. Washington is a part of the workgroup, along with California, Oregon and Nevada.
OMC has purchased and installed an ultra-low temperature freezer, which will be necessary to store the vaccine. The freezer is one of two known ultra-low temperature freezers in Clallam County.
OMC has started administering vaccines, beginning with front-line health care workers who are at the most risk of being exposed to COVID-19, including, but not limited to, those who work in the emergency department, inpatient units, Walk-in Clinic and the COVID-19 testing site.
As supply of approved vaccines become more readily available and the vaccination program continues through each phase, OMC will be prepared to administer vaccines to each group and population in Clallam County.
Vaccine testing and production are being done simultaneously to expedite the process of realizing an authorized vaccine for the public. Multiple COVID vaccines are being tested.
Each vaccine goes through multiple clinical trials, starting first with small group of volunteers before expanding to a few hundred and eventually a few thousand volunteers.
After successfully advancing through clinical trials, each vaccine must be approved by the FDA.
From the Washington State Department of Health, “The COVID-19 vaccine teaches your immune system to recognize the coronavirus. When you get the vaccine, your immune system makes antibodies (‘fighter cells’) that stay in your blood and protect you in case you are infected with the virus. You get protection against the disease without having to get sick.”
Most COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be administered in two doses, separated by either 21 or 28 days. COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers will not be interchangeable; individuals must receive their second dose from the same manufacturer as the first dose. At the time of receiving the first dose, individuals will receive a second-dose reminder card, detailing the date of their first dose, vaccine manufacturer, lot number and the due date of their second dose.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are being made and tested, when they will be made available and how they will work.