Weather delays vaccine allocations for BI

Pharmacy did not receive any 1st dose allocations this week

Due to adverse weather conditions that delayed COVID-19 vaccine shipments nationwide last week, the Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy did not receive any first dose allocations for this week through Feb. 28.

Kitsap County is only receiving 1.9 percent of the state’s allocation, and providers on Bainbridge have received anywhere from 100 to 500 doses per week; although some weeks they haven’t received any. According to data from the Kitsap Public Health District, over half of Bainbridge residents ages 65 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The city keeps requesting 1,000 doses each week from the state. The Department of Health sends 36 percent of the state’s allocation directly to mass vaccination sites, so there are fewer doses available for smaller cities, according to COBI.

The city of Bainbridge Island, in partnership with the BI Fire Department and Bainbridge Prepares, is coordinating with BI Community Pharmacy on COVID vaccine distribution. As of Feb. 19, they have provided vaccinations for approximately 2,100 Phase 1A and 1B.1 individuals from Kitsap and surrounding counties. The pharmacy will provide an update March 1 when they know the vaccine availability for next week.

Other vaccine providers on Bainbridge include Member Plus Family Health, Virginia Mason and the Safeway Pharmacy. For details, visit bainbridgewa.gov/COVIDvaccine.

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