Tribe closes Saturday’s second dose vaccination clinic

The Jamestown Family Health Clinic has closed the dose 2 COVID-19 vaccines at Carrie Blake Community Park in Sequim scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, because of expected snow and high winds forecasted by the National Weather Service.

“The safety of both our volunteers, staff and patients is of the utmost importance,” said Brent Simcosky, Director of Health Services for the tribe, and an email on Thursday.

All Dose 2 patients scheduled for Saturday may come to any of the following dose 2 clinics scheduled over the next week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Carrie Blake Community Park:

• Tuesday, Feb. 16

• Thursday, Feb. 18

• Saturday, Feb. 20

“We recommend those awaiting dose 2 to continue to check the Jamestown Family Health Clinic website, newspaper, and local radio for any updates,” Simcosky said. “Should snow begin to fall heavily, we may have to close early on one or more days for the safety of our staff and patients and will alert the community immediately if there are any changes in our hours of operation.”

For those concerned concerned about supply of vaccine shots, Simcosky said local health officials have plenty of dose 2 vaccines in stock.

“You do not need to rush down and create long lines at next dose 2 clinic,” he said.

He also noted that a dose 2 vaccine does not have to be given exactly four weeks later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved dose 2 vaccines up to six weeks after dose 1, he said.

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