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Over 50 percent of eligible Skagitonians have initiated vaccination; County remains in Phase 3, according to Skagit County.

The county passed another milestone in vaccinations on Tuesday, with over 50 percent of eligible Skagitonians (16+ population) having initiated vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.

A total of 56,951 doses of vaccine have been administered in Skagit County so far, and 34 percent of the County is now fully vaccinated.

“We’re very excited by this progress,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson. “Vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic. We really need everyone to do their part and get their vaccinations scheduled as soon as possible.”

Communicable Disease Manager Polly Dubbel said, “Initiating vaccination is so important but it’s also important to get your second dose. If your provider didn’t schedule your second dose with the first one, or if you missed your second dose for some reason, reach out to Public Health and we’ll help connect you with a second dose.”

Skagit County has continued to see high case rates and hospitalizations over the last few weeks. However, today Governor Inslee paused all Counties in their current Roadmap to Recovery phase for two weeks to reevaluate.  As a reminder, to stay in Phase 3 Skagit County needs:

  • A case rate of less than 200 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days.
  • A hospitalization rate less than 7 new patients per 100,000 residents over the last seven days.

Skagit County currently has a case rate of 267.5 per 100,000 over the last 14 days, and a hospitalization rate of 9.2 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days. Statewide data is showing a possible plateauing of the ‘fourth wave,’ which is promising.

“We really are in a race right now,” said Skagit Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand. “We need to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible to bring COVID-19 disease circulation down to manageable levels. It’s so important that everyone seek vaccination as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines, talk to your primary care provider.”

Those who have already been vaccinated can help this effort by reaching out to friends, family and coworkers and offering to help schedule their vaccine appointment. Help could also look like providing information to address concerns or offering a ride, childcare or other logistical support to allow that person to get vaccinated.

Appointments are widely available currently and it is easier than ever to reserve your spot! To find an appointment, go to: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/ or call the Washington State DOH vaccine hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #.

For more information on Skagit County’s COVID-19 response, including the Public Health operated vaccine clinic, call 360-416-1500 or visit www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus.

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