Dr. Molly Martin, deputy medical director at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, and Community Emergency Response Team member Jim Johnston help individuals get registered for COVID-19 vaccinations at the tribe's clinic on Jan. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim vaccination clinics to restart in February

Local vaccinations effort look to continue in early February after a break this week to replenish supplies.

Medical leaders for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, who is distributing Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for Sequim residents through a drive-through in Carrie Blake Community Park, look to have an online registration system — found at jamestownhealth.org — ready the week of Feb. 2, with openings announced a few days prior.

Vaccinations reopen with the online registration system in place for residents 65-and-up and their spouse/partners up to 600 doses each day on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Thursday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 6.

Updates continue at the tribe’s website.

Peter Raiswell, public information officer for the Clallam County Emergency Management Team, said an initial COVID vaccination booking service at the Clallam County website (clallam.net) was available for only for the first couple of clinics and then closed down, causing some confusion. That site is closed now, Raiswell said, but is scheduled to be open up again at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28.

“Once you get on the site and click on the link you will be directed to a reservation site,” Raiswell said this week. “At that point you can choose between Port Angeles and Sequim locations for your shot, and you will be able to choose a date and a time slot.

“The intention is that this site will stay active for as long as vaccination clinics are offered. This should help a lot and make the process both clearer and easier for everybody.”

Individuals seeking their second COVID-19 must bring the immunization card they received with their first COVID-19 shot to the second appointment to ensure they are receiving the correct immunization on the appropriate date.

People who have lost the immunization card can access their record through the Washington State Immunization Information System; go to myir.net/?page_id=1779.

Raiswell said the vaccination program in Clallam County is going very well overall, with 9,227 vaccinations — about 12 percent, a state-best — dispensed overall.

He said a plan is being prepared to provide within the next few weeks vaccinations to home-bound people who cannot attend lager clinic events in person.

“Meanwhile, don’t stop taking the precautions needed for you and those around you to stay safe,” Raiswell said in a Jan. 26 press release. “Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing.

“Just because vaccinations have started does not mean any of us can relax precautions. Please pay attention to what you need to do to help contain this virus. If we can keep things under control now we can prevent a lot of additional problems.”

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