COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Appointment Booking Resumes

2.3.2021 @ 12:00pm

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

WhidbeyHealth is pleased to announce that effective today, Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 12:30pm we are re-opening our our COVID-19 vaccine scheduler for booking vaccination appointments. Per guidance received by WA Department of Health (click here) WhidbeyHealth is currently vaccinating those in the Phase 1A, tiers 1 and 2, and Phase 1B, tier 1.

To verify your eligibility and to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at our Vaccine Clinic, please visit the WA Department of Health’s Phase Finder (FindYourPhaseWA.org) to register. For additional information and support using Phase Finder (click here).

Please note: When appointments are opened, only appointments for the number of vaccine doses that we have received will be available to book. This process will continue throughout our COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Please do not be disappointed if you are unable to make an appointment for this set of vaccine doses – we are expecting the available appointments to be booked quickly. Additional vaccine allocations will be delivered and we will continue to announce new appointment availability in this manner until the vaccine supply chain has normalized.

Thank you for your continued support as Island County’s ‘open’ vaccine provider. We are eager to vaccinate our community!

 

 

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COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Supply Delivery delays

1.27.2021 @ 11:00am

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19. 

As an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County, WhidbeyHealth has been made aware that we are unlikely to receive regular, reliable allocations of vaccine from our State Department of Health. Because of this, WhidbeyHealth is in the unfortunate position of needing to reconfigure our established Vaccine Clinic schedule based on these inconsistent allocations. We strive to provide fair and equitable ways of accessing COVID-19 vaccine in Island County, while continuing to participate in the State’s Phased Allocation Plan.

 

Effective Friday, 1.29.2021:

  • ALL scheduled persons who have signed up with WhidbeyHealth to receive their first dose vaccine to date will have their appointments cancelled. This applies to the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • To avoid any further appointment cancellations, we will re-open our scheduling tool with space available ONLY for the amount of vaccine doses that we have on hand – both first and second doses. As we receive additional vaccine doses we will add additional space in our schedule.
    • If you are part of the current Phase/Tier groups allowed to be vaccinated under State guidance, please check in with our scheduling tool often as additional vaccination appointment spaces may have opened up.
    • To get access to our scheduling tool and check availability of vaccine at WhidbeyHealth, please visit FindYourPhaseWA.org. If you are able to register for an appointment, please bring with you:
      • Screenshot or Print Out of your eligibility confirmation from FindYourPhaseWA.org, along with a valid ID.

 

Effective Friday, 2.12.2021:

  • ALL scheduled persons who have signed up with WhidbeyHealth to receive their second dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will have their appointments cancelled.
    • When/if scheduling becomes available for Pfizer second doses at WhidbeyHealth, scheduling will resume. If additional doses of Pfizer are not allocated to WhidbeyHealth the patient may select an alternative vaccination site using the Pfizer vaccine to receive their second dose.

 

Moving forward our Vaccine Clinic will be re-opened for scheduling to anyone in an applicable Phase/Tier population may register or re-register to have your vaccine administered. We will have our schedule re-opened ONLY with enough appointments available based on the amount of vaccine that has been delivered. As more vaccine is received, we will add additional appointment slots.

Once our scheduling tool is re-opened, you will need to re-book your first dose appointment. When our schedule has been filled based on the number of vaccine doses we have on hand, it will remain full until we receive additional vaccine doses and can open additional spaces. This practice will continue throughout the Phase/Tier vaccination efforts until vaccine allocations have stabilized.

WhidbeyHealth is incredibly disappointed to be in this position. We remain committed in our support of the State’s effort to get as many vaccinated as quickly as is safely possible. We also welcome the State’s new efforts to bring in additional partners and to stand up its own mass vaccination efforts. We know vaccinating Washington’s population will take many organizations building on the successful efforts already underway. However, we believe the reallocation of vaccines away from hospitals and clinics with thousands of appointments already scheduled is short-sighted and harmful to the public’s trust in Washington State’s vaccine distribution system. Reallocation of vaccine also raises concerning questions about equity. We are hearing from our most vulnerable community members they may not be able to travel to a mass vaccination clinic or other barriers to receiving the vaccine. We are letting our Island County community know today about these upcoming appointment cancellations and new processes for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine. We understand and sympathize with our community, and again ask for your patience as we have to make required adjustments to our processes to ensure safety and efficiency in those who come to our Vaccine Clinic. We are eager to vaccinate our community against COVID-19.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Appointment Cancellations

1.22.2021 @ 10:00am

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19. 

As an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County, WhidbeyHealth is in the unfortunate position of having to cancel all first dose vaccine appointments scheduled through Saturday, January 23, 2021. These appointments will be postponed to a yet undetermined date in the future. Those whose scheduled appointments have and will be cancelled this week will be notified both by email and phone call to ensure the communication reaches our affected community members. WhidbeyHealth will do everything possible to reschedule those affected as soon as possible.

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

  • All scheduled first dose COVID-19 vaccinations that are scheduled through Saturday, 1.23.2021 are being cancelled due to vaccine allotment issues from the State. 
  • All affected community members will be contacted directly, both by email and phone call.
  • Additional cancellations may be required based on allocations from the State. Scheduled vaccine recipients will be notified only if they are affected and in as timely a manner as possible. 
    • Those with cancelled appointments will have their vaccine administered as soon as possible.
  • If you are affected by the cancellations, please do not attempt to call or email WhidbeyHealth to reschedule your vaccine appointment, in an effort to keep our phone lines available for those seeking urgent medical care. Once our vaccine allotment is received from the State, we will call you and reschedule – hopefully within one week. 

We understand the frustration of those whose appointments are being cancelled and ask for their and our community’s continued patience and support as WhidbeyHealth and ICPH works to ensure that we continue to receive State allocated vaccine as requested. If additional appointments need to be cancelled due to lack of vaccine, we will notify the affected parties as promptly as possible through email and phone call.

Stay connected with us for current information at facebook.com/WhidbeyHealth.

COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Appointment Cancellations

1.20.2021 @ 10:30am

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19. 

As an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County, WhidbeyHealth is in the unfortunate position of having to cancel all first dose vaccine appointments scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and Thursday, January 21, 2021. These appointments will be postponed to a yet undetermined date in the future. Those whose scheduled appointments will be cancelled will be notified both by email and phone call to ensure the communication reaches our affected community members. WhidbeyHealth will do everything possible to reschedule those affected as soon as possible.

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

  • All scheduled first dose COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, 1.20.2021 and Thursday, 1.21.2021 are being cancelled due to vaccine allotment issues from the State.
  • All affected community members will be contacted directly, both by email and phone call.
  • Additional cancellations may be required based on allocations from the State. Scheduled vaccine recipients will be notified only if they are affected and in as timely a manner as possible.
    • Those with cancelled appointments will have their vaccine administered as soon as possible.
  • If you are affected by the cancellations, please do not attempt to call or email WhidbeyHealth to reschedule your vaccine appointment, in an effort to keep our phone lines available for those seeking urgent medical care. Once our vaccine allotment is received from the State, we will call you and reschedule – hopefully within one week. 

We understand the frustration of those whose appointments are being cancelled and ask for their and our community’s continued patience and support as WhidbeyHealth and ICPH works to ensure that we continue to receive State allocated vaccine as requested. If additional appointments need to be cancelled due to lack of vaccine, we will notify the affected parties as promptly as possible through email and phone call.

Stay connected with us for current information at facebook.com/WhidbeyHealth.

COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Appointment Cancellations

1.19.2021 @ 7:00pm

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19. 

As an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County, WhidbeyHealth is in the unfortunate position of having to cancel all first dose vaccine appointments scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and will postpone them to a yet undetermined date in the future. Those whose scheduled appointments will be cancelled will be notified both by email and phone call to ensure the communication reaches our affected community members. WhidbeyHealth will do everything possible to reschedule those affected as soon as possible.

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

  • All scheduled first dose COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, 1.20.2021 are being cancelled due to vaccine allotment issues from the State.
  • All affected community members will be contacted directly, both by email and phone call.
  • Additional cancellations may be required based on allocations from the State. Scheduled vaccine recipients will be notified only if they are affected and in as timely a manner as possible.
    • Those with cancelled appointments will have their places held and vaccine will be administered as soon as possible.

We understand the frustration of those whose appointments are being cancelled and ask for their and our community’s continued patience and support as WhidbeyHealth and ICPH works to ensure that we continue to receive State allocated vaccine as requested. If additional appointments need to be cancelled due to lack of vaccine, we will notify the affected parties as promptly as possible through email and phone call.

Stay connected with us for current information at facebook.com/WhidbeyHealth.

COVID-19 Update: Vaccination to Tier B1

1.18.2021

This is part of a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

WhidbeyHealth is pleased to announce that in accordance with Island County Department of Public Health (ICPH) and WA Department of Health (DOH) we will begin to administer COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1 Tier B1.

  • We will continue to schedule and vaccinate first and second doses to Phase 1 Tier A1 & A2.
  • Effective immediately we will begin scheduling and vaccinating first doses to Phase 1 Tier B1.
  • WhidbeyHealth is continuing to refine our Vaccine Clinic processes to ensure the most efficient and effective mass-vaccination efforts possible.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth’s COVID-19 Testing Hotline to request information about vaccine administration or your Phased vaccine group.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth Medical Center or our Primary Care/Specialty Care clinics to request information.
    • WhidbeyHealth will publish and communicate widely as new information becomes available or changes.
  • Any questions should be directed to Island County Public Health’s COVID-19 Call Center: 360.678.2301 or email: pubhealth@islandcountywa.gov.

To schedule check your eligibility and register for your vaccine: FindYourPhaseWA.org

For additional information about the phased approach: Click Here

For ICPH’s most recent Press Release on the vaccine progression: Click Here

 

Stay connected for current information at facebook.com/whidbeyhealth.

COVID-19 Update: Community Clarification

This is part of a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

Earlier today WhidbeyHealth was made aware of rumors and misinformation circulating throughout our Island community regarding COVID-19 vaccination Phases and who is currently eligible to register for and receive the vaccine. The misinformation was found on various Next Door (social media) groups, as well as referencing information provided by WhidbeyHealth on Monday, 1.11.2021 that was updated after receiving new guidance from Island County. For clarification to our community and in an effort to quell further distribution of information that is no longer accurate:

  • Island County has directed WhidbeyHealth to only administer COVID-19 vaccine to the Phase 1 Tier A1 and A2 population groups.
  • Island County Department of Public Health will not be progressing into Phase 1 Tier B1 vaccinations until Skagit County and others meet the saturation threshold for vaccinations of the Phase 1 Tier A1 and A2 population groups.
  • WhidbeyHealth is continuing to refine our planning for administering vaccine to our community as we hold on progressing into more population groups. Unfortunately we do not have any additional information at this time.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth’s COVID-19 Testing Hotline to request information about vaccine administration.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth Medical Center or our Primary Care/Specialty Care clinics to request information.
    • WhidbeyHealth will publish and communicate widely as soon as we know more information.
  • Any questions should be directed to Island County Public Health’s COVID-19 Call Center: 360.678.2301 or email: pubhealth@islandcountywa.gov.

WhidbeyHealth recognizes that this is an inconvenience for our community who have eagerly been anticipating being able to receive COVID-19 vaccine. We once again ask for our community’s patience as we follow the administration guidance from local and state agencies.

“While this is an exciting phase in our fight against COVID-19, I cannot stress enough the importance of precautions,” Wooley said. “Everyone should follow advice related to gatherings, wearing masks, distancing, and frequent hand-washing.”

For the latest Press Release from Island County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 vaccinations: Click Here.

For additional information about the phased approach: Click Here.

For additional information about the “Find Your Phase” vaccine tool that will be available for scheduling and information on January 18thClick Here.

Stay connected for current information at facebook.com/whidbeyhealth.

Community Update 1.14.2020

1.14.2021

(UPDATED at 10:30am)
We have been notified that our Primary Care Clinic Freeland and our Walk-In Clinic Clinton will not have power restored until this weekend. Primary Care Freeland and Walk-In Clinic Clinton will be closed until Monday 1.18.2021.

Until power is restored:

  • All Primary Care Freeland patients affected are being notified that their appointments are being moved to our Primary Care Cabot Drive.
  • Walk-In Clinic services will only be available at our Oak Harbor Walk-In & Outpatient Services Clinic (Goldie Street).
  • If patients need to contact their provider at our Primary Care Freeland clinic or Walk-In Clinic Clinton, they can do so by calling our Walk-In Clinic Oak Harbor at 360.679.5590.

We want to assure everyone that our complete emergency and trauma services are available without interruption while power is being restored to all parts of Whidbey Island. Anyone who has sustained a serious injury or is seriously ill with symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain should immediately call 911. Our Paramedics are in full operation and are ready to help.

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Due to the island-wide power outage, WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Freeland and Walk-In Clinic Clinton will tentatively be open to serve our patients at 12:00pm today, unless the current power outage continues. WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Cabot Drive (Oak Harbor) and Walk-In Clinic & Outpatient Services Oak Harbor (Goldie Street) will be open our standard hours today, along with our Specialty Care Clinics.

If Primary Care Freeland is unable to regain power by 12:00pm, we will contact our patients scheduled today and have their appointments moved to our Primary Care Cabot Drive clinic. If Primary Care Freeland is unable to regain power by 2:00pm today, we will contact our patients scheduled tomorrow (Friday 1.15.2021) and move their appointments to our Primary Care Cabot Drive clinic.

Updates to power restoration will be communicated as an update to this post later today as we learn more about the power returning to areas of the Island.

We want to assure everyone that our complete emergency and trauma services are available without interruption while power is being restored to all parts of Whidbey Island. Anyone who has sustained a serious injury or is seriously ill with symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain should immediately call 911. Our Paramedics are in full operation and are ready to help.

Community Update 1.13.2021

1.13.2021:

(UPDATED at 10:45am)

Our Primary Care Clinic at Cabot Drive (Oak Harbor) and our Walk-In Clinic and Outpatient Services at Goldie Street (Oak Harbor) will open at 12:00pm today. Due to continued power outages on the south-end of the island, our Primary Care Clinic (Freeland) and our Walk-In Clinic (Clinton) will be closed for business today.

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Due to the island-wide power outage, WhidbeyHealth Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Walk-In Clinics will open to serve our patients at 12:00pm today, unless the current power outage continues. WhidbeyHealth will keep our community notified if our Primary Care, Specialty Care and Walk-In Clinics remain closed beyond that time.

We want to assure everyone that our complete emergency and trauma services are available without interruption during the power outage. Anyone who has sustained a serious injury or is seriously ill with symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain should immediately call 911. Our Paramedics are in full operation and are ready to help.

High winds have created outages throughout the island and have also affected traffic control. Please be careful if you must be out on our roadways.

Community Update 1.11.2021: (UPDATED @ 3:00pm)

UPDATED: 1.15.2021 @ 5:00pm

Please note:

In an effort to avoid confusion, this News post has been updated to avoid any community confusion regarding WhidbeyHealth’s action as an ‘open’ COVID-19 vaccine provider for Island County. The update listed below will remain posted for community reference and information. The initial information has been deleted, as the information in the initial News post provides updated and current guidance reflecting WhidbeyHealth’s vaccination efforts – as directed by Island County.

UPDATED: 1.11.2021 @ 3:00pm

This is part of a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

 

“We are eager to vaccinate our community and continue to meet daily with our County Health Jurisdiction as well as State Department of Health to allow us to effectively plan and prepare for additional vaccine efforts,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will continue to provide the latest updates as we receive them and hope to provide clarity to a regularly changing and evolving process, to our community.”

Earlier today, WhidbeyHealth announced that we were pleased to begin initiating our vaccine efforts of the Phase 1, Tier B1 population in our Island County community, while continuing to administer first and second doses of the Phase 1, Tiers A1 and A2 populations. To date, WhidbeyHealth has administered approximately 1,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Phase 1, Tiers A1 and A2 population groups.

WhidbeyHealth was informed around 12:00pm today that Island County Department of Public Health received a request from the State Health Officer, Dr. Lindquist, to redirect our attention from the Island County Phase 1 Tier B1 population that we were planning to begin vaccinating this week, to support the Skagit County Phase 1 Tier A1 and A1 populations.

  • Island County will not be progressing into Phase 1 Tier B1 vaccinations until Skagit County and others meet the saturation threshold for vaccinations of the Phase 1 Tier A1 and A2 population groups.
  • WhidbeyHealth is continuing to refine our planning for administering vaccine to our community as we hold on progressing into more population groups. Unfortunately we do not have any additional information at this time.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth’s COVID-19 Testing Hotline to request information about vaccine administration.
    • Please do not call WhidbeyHealth Medical Center or our Primary Care/Specialty Care clinics to request information.
    • WhidbeyHealth will publish and communicate widely as soon as we know more information.
  • Any questions should be directed to Island County Public Health’s COVID-19 Call Center: 360.678.2301 or email: pubhealth@islandcountywa.gov.

WhidbeyHealth recognizes that this is an inconvenience for our community who have eagerly been anticipating being able to receive COVID-19 vaccine. We once again ask for our community’s patience as we follow the administration guidance from local and state agencies. WhidbeyHealth will honor anyone from the Phase 1 Tier B1 group who has made a vaccine appointment with us before this notice is issued, however all others will be required to wait until the county has progressed into the Phase 1 Tier B1 population.

For additional information about the phased approach: Click Here.

For additional information about the “Find Your Phase” vaccine tool that will be available for scheduling and information on January 18th: Click Here.

Community Update 1.4.2021

This is part of a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

“Everything about the response to the coronavirus pandemic remains a constantly changing landscape, especially information about distribution and administration of vaccinations,” said Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will be publishing regular updates to keep everyone informed.”

Here are some key things to know regarding the Phase 1a vaccination effort at WhidbeyHealth:

  • Effective Monday, 1.4.2021: Phase 1a Vaccine Clinic will operate Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 8:00pm (1400-2000) and Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm (1000 – 1200). We will be closed on Sundays (for now).
  • Calls and emails have been made to re-book vaccine recipients who had appointments earlier than 2:00pm.
  • WhidbeyHealth/Island County Department of Public Health will continue Washington Department of Health guidance on vaccine eligibility. We remain in Phase 1a of vaccine allocations. When we progress into other Phases of the State’s vaccine allocation plan, we will message broadly to our community.

See current information on the phased approach here.

“While this is an exciting phase in our fight against COVID-19, I cannot stress enough the importance of precautions,” Wooley said. “Everyone should follow advise related to gatherings, wearing masks, distancing, and frequent hand-washing.”

Stay connected for current information at facebook.com/whidbeyhealth.

Community Update 12.30.2020

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccination for COVID-19.

“Everything about the response to the coronavirus pandemic remains a constantly changing landscape, especially information about distribution and administration of vaccinations,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will be publishing regular updates to keep everyone informed.”

WhidbeyHealth is pleased to announce that we have administered more than 650 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Phase 1a group in Island County and will continue to administer vaccine in partnership with Island County Departments of Public Health and Emergency Management. Due to successful administration thus far and for the greater wellbeing and safety of our community while in Phase 1a, WhidbeyHealth and Island County Department of Public Health (ICPH), an ‘open’ vaccination provider, began extending our reach of care to other Phase 1a groups within and neighboring Island County.

  • WhidbeyHealth’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic has administered vaccine to more than 650 Phase 1a personnel in Island County, with an expected rate of 100 doses daily being administered to this population group.
  • WhidbeyHealth’s Pharmacy delivered ready to be administered COVID-19 vaccine to Regency Coupeville (skilled nursing facility) today. Vaccines will be administered by Regency personnel to residents and workers. Local retail pharmacies are slated to administer vaccine to the congregate living population in Island County, but aren’t expecting to receive their vaccine allotment until mid-late January. Prompt administration of the vaccine to this Phase 1a population group is critical for the continued safety and care at skilled nursing facilities across our county.
  • ICPH is working with Skagit County’s Island Hospital in Anacortes to reallocate much needed vaccines for their Phase 1a population. WhidbeyHealth is working with the Island Hospital Executive Team to offer guidance and resources needed to open their Vaccine Clinic to their Phase 1a population. WhidbeyHealth’s support includes recommendations for how to effectively open their Vaccine Clinic, general Vaccine Clinic resource management, and reporting required vaccine administration information to the State.

As an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County, WhidbeyHealth felt the need to assist Regency Coupeville paramount to the continued efforts to keep our county and community safe. As part of the Phase 1a group, facilities like Regency Coupeville were slated to have vaccine administered by local pharmacies that have yet to receive their vaccine shipments. WhidbeyHealth recognized the support that could be provided to this population group and worked with ICPH to ensure a successful transition of resources. WhidbeyHealth and ICPH are working closely with Skagit County and Island Hospital to ensure vaccine vials and accompanying administrative resources are available that would allow for the start of their vaccination efforts. It is the sentiment of WhidbeyHealth and ICPH that any support to other counties and healthcare organizations in our neighboring counties and communities will help expedite the vaccine efforts in our State, and will assist in moving our collective vaccination efforts forward into subsequent phase groups.

We understand that our community is very eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. At this time, only the Phase 1a population will be able to receive vaccination. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we follow the directions provided by the State and the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to provide updates for our community as new information becomes available.

The state is continuing to plan and define the other phases and which parts of the population will apply to each phase. Find current information on the phased approach here. We encourage everyone in Island County to get vaccinated when they become eligible. Vaccination is a key step in ending the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage everyone to follow State guidance related to social gatherings, social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent hand-washing.

Community Update 12.24.2020

Access to high quality healthcare for our community is our top priority and we know that our telephone systems have caused frustration and delays. We are pleased to announce that we are in the process of finalizing implementation of of an upgraded telecommunications solution that will alleviate those frustrations and delays.

As with many large system upgrades and transitions, we appreciate your patience and understanding for unexpected delays while we wrap up this upgrade. Connectivity and other issues that have effected our community’s ability to contact our Primary Care Clinics are continued to be worked on as we finalize the telecommunications system upgrade. We expect that the upgrade will be concluded within the coming days and will resolve the connectivity issues.

We appreciate your feedback at any time – feel free to email us at myhospital@whidbeyhealth.org.

We’re here when you need care.

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Community Update 12.17.2020

This is a continuation in a series of updates for the community regarding vaccination for COVID-19.

“Everything about the response to the coronavirus pandemic remains a constantly changing landscape, especially information about distribution and administration of vaccinations,” Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will be publishing regular updates to keep everyone informed.”

Today, WhidbeyHealth is pleased to announce that we have started vaccination efforts of the Phase 1a group as defined by the Washington State Department of Health. Congressman Larsen (WA-02) joined our vaccination effort today remotely from Washington DC to offer his support of our efforts, and to praise the continued work of our first responders, WhidbeyHealth caregivers, and our Island community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

WhidbeyHealth would like to acknowledge the tremendous work and support from Island County Department of Emergency Management, Island County Department of Health, and Congressman Rick Larsen in making our efforts as an ‘open’ vaccination provider for Island County.

The state is continuing to plan and define the other phases and which parts of the population will apply to each phase. Find current information on the phased approach here.

  • Nick Perera, Emergency Department Medical Director was the first in Island County to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination today.
  • We issued 20 doses of vaccine today.
  • Our projected plan is to have approximately 1,600 high-risk healthcare personnel (Phase 1a) living in Island County vaccinated within 14 days.
  • An online scheduling system to sign up to receive the vaccine will be distributed under the guidance of Island County Department of Health by the end of the week to identified Phase 1a people in our community.

We understand that our community is very eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. At this time, only the Phase 1a population will be able to receive vaccination. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we follow the directions provided by the State and the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to provide updates for our community as new information becomes available.

We encourage everyone in Island County to get vaccinated when they become eligible. Vaccination is a key step in ending the coronavirus pandemic.

We wish our Island County community health and happiness this holiday season and strongly encourage everyone to follow guidance related to holiday gatherings, social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent hand-washing.

Community Update 12.15.2020

This is part of a series of updates for the community regarding vaccinations for COVID-19.

“Everything about the response to the coronavirus pandemic remains a constantly changing landscape, especially information about distribution and administration of vaccinations,” said Erin Wooley, Chief Nursing Officer. “We will be publishing regular updates to keep everyone informed.”

Here are some key things to know:

  • WhidbeyHealth has received our first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine today (10:30am PST).
  • WhidbeyHealth will begin administering vaccinations on Thursday the 17th, beginning with WhidbeyHealth healthcare workers in the Phase 1a group.
  • WhidbeyHealth has been designated as an ‘open’ vaccination provider which means that in addition to our own clinical staff, we will be vaccinating other Phase 1a healthcare workers on Whidbey Island.
  • Prioritizing vaccinations will follow the phased approach guidance from the Washington State Department of Health. See current information on the phased approach here.
  • A self-serve online appointment-setting system will soon be made available to healthcare workers in the Phase 1a group through their employers.

“While this is an exciting phase in our fight against COVID-19, I cannot stress enough the importance of precautions and continuing to contain spread of the disease,” Wooley said. “Everyone should follow advice related to gatherings for the holidays, wearing masks, distancing, and frequently hand-washing.”

Stay connected for current information at facebook.com/whidbeyhealth or on our website at whidbeyhealth.org.