1st, 2nd vaccine doses continue to be administered this week

BI added to vaccine standby list

This week, the Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy received first and second COVID-19 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and second doses of the Moderna vaccine and will be administered at clinics to people who qualify under Phase 1A and Phase 1B; Tiers 1,2,3 and 4.

Pfizer first dose vaccine appointments will be available at the Commodore Options School clinic April 3-4. Second dose appointments are already booked. The Moderna vaccines will be used to support second-dose clinics at the Senior Center.

On March 26, Bainbridge Island was added to the COVID vaccine standby list by the Kitsap Public Health District, joining Poulsbo and Bremerton. The list allows Kitsap County residents to sign up to be on call for vaccination appointments if unused doses are available at the end of a day. To prioritize vaccination, the standby list is open to people age 50 or older and have at least one health condition that puts them at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus.

The city of Bainbridge Island, in partnership with the BI Fire Department and Bainbridge Prepares, is coordinating with BI Community Pharmacy on COVID-19 vaccine distribution. As of March 29, this partnership has supported the administration of over 12,000 doses to eligible individuals from Kitsap and surrounding counties.

According to the health district, nearly half of BI residents age 16 year and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 82 percent age 65 and older have received at least one dose.

Another vaccine provider on the island, Member Plus Family Health, is offering first dose Moderna vaccine appointments this week. According to their website, they are vaccinating teachers, school staff, daycare workers and individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tiers 1 and 2. After March 31, vaccines will be made available for Phase 1B, Tiers 3 and 4.

Moderna vaccine recipients at Member Plus will receive a scheduled time slot for their second dose when they have their first dose, which will automatically be done exactly four weeks later. Go to memberplusfamilyhealth.com for details.

At the Virginia Mason clinic, their website states that vaccines are available for Phase 1A and 1B; Tier 1 and 2. For more information on how to get an appointment, visit virginiamason.org/covid19-vaccine-information. Over at the Safeway pharmacy, their website states that vaccines are currently being prioritized for people in Phase 1B, Tier 2. To make an appointment, visit mhealthappointments.com/covidappt.