A patient gets a COVID-19 vaccine. Courtesy of Kitsap Public Health District

A patient gets a COVID-19 vaccine. Courtesy of Kitsap Public Health District

First dose vaccine appointments fill up quickly at Senior Center

The city of Bainbridge Island announced Tuesday morning that COVID-19 vaccine first dose appointments at the Senior Center are full for the week.

Appointments filled up quickly as there are more residents on the island eligible in Phase 1B, Tier 1 than vaccines available, a city email says.

If you did not get an appointment at the Senior Center this week, continue to monitor the city vaccine webpage at bainbridgewa.gov/COVIDvaccine and the Kitsap County vaccine webpage at kcowa.us/vaccine.

Other vaccine providers on Bainbridge include Member Plus Family Health, Virginia Mason and Safeway.

As of Feb. 12, MPFH’s website states “as we receive notification from the state about how many doses are coming each week, we will begin scheduling patients taking into account their prioritization within the current phase (1B). We are currently in the process of administering “booster” or second doses. Since the last week of January, we have not received supplies from the state for administering first doses.”

Folks do not need to call and request an appointment with Member Plus because their supply of vaccines is not guaranteed from week to week, meaning they must schedule patients on a rolling basis. They are also not compiling a waitlist for first doses. As the availability of vaccines improves, Member Plus will update its website with information about online scheduling.

As of Feb. 10, Virginia Mason states that “due to fluctuating supply of COVID-19 vaccine nationally, we only have enough vaccine this week to provide second doses to those who received their first dose through Virginia Mason.”

The Safeway pharmacy on Bainbridge has begun administering vaccines to people in Phase 1A and 1B, Tier 1 (healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, emergency medical personnel, people over 65, and people over 50 living in multi-generational households). All appointments are booked.

The website states, “As we work to keep everyone safe, we ask that you please not call your local store; our pharmacy staff will be focused on serving patients and won’t have any additional information.”

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