Clark County Public Health is now accepting requests for COVID-19 vaccination for those who are eligible in Phase 1b Tier 1 of the state’s vaccination plan. All requests for vaccines must be made through a webform on the Public Health website.
People who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1a or Phase 1b Tier 1 (B1) and need help accessing the COVID-19 vaccine can submit a request form on the Public Health website. Public Health is connecting eligible people to local health care facilities with COVID-19 vaccine.
Those who submit a request through the webform will be contacted by a local health care facility to set up an appointment as soon as possible. Wait times will vary. The number of people eligible in Phase 1b Tier 1 (B1) exceeds the county’s vaccine supply and capacity of local health care facilities.
“We ask people to please be patient,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and public health director. “We’re working with local health care providers to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible, but the demand for vaccine in Phase 1b is far greater than our current supply.”
Clark County Public Health and partners in Southwest Washington continue to explore opportunities for opening community vaccination sites in order to more quickly vaccinate people. Public Health will have additional information to share later this week.
Clark County providers will continue to vaccinate people eligible in Phase 1a: people who work in health care settings, high-risk first responders, and people who live or work in long-term care facilities.
Local providers will also now begin vaccinating those who are eligible in the first tier of Phase 1b, which includes:
- All people 65 years and older.
- People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households.
There are two categories of people who are eligible under the “multigenerational household” definition:
- People who are 50 and older AND are not able to live independently AND are either:
- Receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver OR
- Are living with someone who works outside the home
- People who are 50 and older AND are living with and caring for a grandchild.
No one younger than 50 years is eligible, and no one 50 and older who is caring for a partner, friend or child is eligible.
The Washington State Department of Health is operating a vaccination site at the Clark County Fairgrounds. The site will open Tuesday, January 26th, and operate from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. The vaccine will be administered by appointment only. The state Department of Health estimates vaccinating up to 500 people per day, with capacity increasing in the coming weeks as vaccine supply increases.
Public Health recommends those who are eligible to be vaccinated and are awaiting a referral from Public Health also seek an appointment at the fairgrounds vaccination site.
For more information about the state COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan, visit the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.