The first Covid-19 vaccinations to be administered on Point Roberts will begin on Friday, February 19, according to fire chief Christopher Carleton. “This Friday is a small group of 70 that will be getting vaccinated. It is by invite only and we are starting with the 75 and older groups,” Carleton told the All Point Bulletin in an email.
Carleton said that not everybody in this age group who wants to be vaccinated will get in on this round but the fire district and SuperTrack health clinic will continue going down through the list as more doses arrive.
“We are hoping to get a larger allotment in the coming weeks to do a sizeable vaccination group and will be letting those that have responded to the survey or contacted me privately know as they come up,” Carleton said.
Over 600 people interested in getting the vaccination have responded to the fire district’s survey seeing to ascertain interest have responded to date. Previously, approximately 170 people aged 65 years and older and the same number of people aged between 50 and 65 had asked to be included on the list to be vaccinated.
Carleton said he expected more people to sign up as the effort gears up and asks people to be patient in the meantime. “We are doing our best not to overlook anyone, but we know we will have additions along the way and will serve them as appropriately as possible,” he added.
Washington state vaccination is currently in Phase 1b Tier 1 of vaccine distribution meaning the vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. This is in addition to populations eligible during Phase 1a including health care workers at high risk for Covid-19 infection, first responders, people who live or work in long-term care facilities and all other workers in health settings who are at risk of Covid-19. Vaccine providers are required to follow the state’s phase guidelines.