The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

County offering covid-19 vaccinations for seniors, health care providers


December 24, 2020

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) has received a limited initial allotment of Moderna brand COVID-19 vaccine and is scheduling appointments for vaccinations.

In Monday news release, WCHHS Director Chris Bischoff said department staff are uncertain how many more doses will be available and how soon they will arrive.

For this reason, WCHHS is following federal Centers for Disease Control and Washington State Department of Health guidance on the prioritization of vaccine distribution.

"We would like to invite those 75 and older to call 360-849-4041 to be placed on a list," the release said. "Please use this phone number only if you are 75 and older and would like to receive the vaccine. The number is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The number will not be available on the New Year’s holiday this Friday."

WCHHS is also asking that any interested home health care workers in Wahkiakum County to call to schedule an appointment for vaccination.

"As WCHHS receives more doses, we will continue to expand our list following the appropriate guidance," the release said. "WCHHS does not know how many or fast we are going to be receiving vaccines. We are prepared to continue to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible.

"The Moderna vaccine is being offered under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA. The FDA and health officials are confident in the safety and efficaciousness of this vaccine. If you have questions about your own personal health conditions, please consult with your primary care provider. Your primary care provider is in the best position to advise you personally on receiving the vaccination."


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