COVID VACCINE INFO PAGE

Vaccine Stocked?Yes – Moderna, Pfizer, & J&J/Janssen
LocationALL
Current Phase Immunizing: (pls sign up below for phase/eligibility change notification emails)1A thru 1B-4

We are excited to welcome these groups to book an appointment now (we pride our selves partly by having LOTS of openings):

  • High-risk health care workers in health care settings
  • High-risk first responders
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • All other workers at risk in health care settings
  • All people 65 years or older
  • All people 50 year or older in multigenerational households (home where individuals from 2 or more generations reside such as an elder and a grandchild)
  • Educators and staff for pre-K through 12thgrade
  • Child care providers
  • High-risk critical workers who work in certain congregate settings: Agriculture; fishing vessel crews; food processing; grocery stores; corrections; prisons, jails or detention centers; public transit; remaining first responders
  • People 16 years or older who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

• All people 60 years and older

• People, staff and volunteers
in certain congregate living settings: correctional facilities; groups homes for people with disabilities; settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services

• High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings: restaurants, food services, construction and manufacturing

April 15th: Anyone 16 and over. Hang tight, its coming.

4/13/21 Update: J&J Pause. New Digital Vaccination Records

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine has been paused in the USA. The latest info from State And CDC/FDA is included below. Please direct any questions on symptoms to your doctor’s office.

People who have J&J appointments can keep them and switch to Pfizer. At this point, we dont’ anticipate this impacting our schedule.

One other quick new feature to share – we now have digital vaccine records available! Register, online here. You will receive a custom link with vaccination type, lot, and date. A cool, convenient, and shareable backup to the cards issued.

What if you recently had the J&J Vaccine?

  1. If you have received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your healthcare provider, or seek medical care.
  2. Report adverse events following receipt of any COVID-19 vaccine to VAERS.

Source

DOH Statement to County Health Departments

“Current Johnson & Johnson appointments need to be rescheduled or switched to another product. J&J is currently paused until further notice. This was done out of an abundance of caution. This pause allows experts to review and to allow for further information to be shared with the provider network. DOH will provide additional information soon”

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The following statement is attributed to Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given.

CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

CDC and FDA will provide additional information and answer questions later today at a media briefing. A recording of that media call will be available on the FDA’s YouTube channel.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

4/10/21 Update: The Big Phase Opens. Express Clinics. All 3 Brands Running.

Our community-based vaccination effort marches on. Our team of volunteers (vaccinators / ushers) and staff crossed 40,000 doses administered. We even smashed a single day record — putting over 1,700 vaccines in arms Friday cross our three stores.

This week we can welcome anyone 16 years or older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine — on or after Thursday, April 15 anyhow. Please don’t jump the gun and book before then unless you are eligible under the current guidelines. The other caveat is 16 and 17 year olds are currently only able to receive Pfizer.

Second Doses — Both Moderna & Pfizer

Please make this due dose calculator your primary resource for determining when to book your next appointment. We post appointments weekly. If you don’t see your date available yet, sign up for notifications of new appointment postings.

due date calc
Please enter email to have your due date sent for future reference.

Second Doses from other vaccination sites

We are proud to assist people to complete their series from those beginning at other providers. Many people are having challenges getting their second shot where they got their first. Please book an appointment.

Improving Efficiency

It takes teamwork to achieve the eye-popping numbers above. Customers are an integral part of efforts to maximize efficiency.

To improve the in-store experience for all involved, one key lies in your hands.

Our scheduling platform rolled out recently (and described below) does wonders for efficiency. However, only if used fully. This includes uploading insurance card images. Not just typing the data in (although this is still required). Failure to do this requires extra staff time to check you in. And, causes wait times to grow for those in line behind you. If you do NOT have insurance, please upload a copy of your state ID (e.g. Driver’s license).

For all those who upload insurance cards, you will get an express lane pass to your vaccinator. Let our ushers know you successfully uploaded images, and we will expedite your visit.

NEW EXPRESS CLINICS

Building on express lane passes, we are launching entire blocks of time for those customers we can move thru most efficiently. Each morning at Oak Harbor, we are reserving the first couple hours for people who attach insurance card images with their appointment booking/intake process. During these blocks we won’t be able to accommodate walk-ins.

We highly recommend you come during these express clinics (labeled appropriately on the appointments page).

Come during your appointment time, not before or after

PrepMod (described below) spaces out arrivals to the minute. Please don’t come an hour early, or late. As close as possible helps keep queues flowing consistently.

All these factors improve the experience for all. We appreciate your efforts.

Attire

Please come prepared to EASILY expose your deltoid.

https://www.healthline.com/health/intramuscular-injection

Much time can be saved by planning ahead.

Another pro-tip.

Long sleve button up dress shirts by-in-large don’t easily get to the sweet spot. If they do, its done by force and puts pressure on the vascular beds— in the same area our needle goes. Yes, that sets you up for needing a bandage.

New Scheduling Platform

Continuing with appointments next week, we fully transitioned scheduling to a DOH integrated platform called PrepMod. It facilitates completing a digital intake and consent form entirely along with the scheduling. This improves everyone’s in-store experience.

Each week, likely Friday, we will post openings for the next week. These slots are tied to expected vaccine availability. The hope being, schedule changes and moves become a thing of the past. For this to work, we need everyone to attempt completing appointments on PrepMod.

To view available PrepMod appointments, remember this handy URL

https://islanddrug.com/appt/

Please watch for First vs Second Dose links. Allocations from the state are separate for each, so we use different appointment types to manage the separate inventories. Further, the brand of vaccine may be different — as is the case this week (at least later in the week).

What about my previously scheduled appointment on the old platform?

Good question.

On or about Friday, we will contact everyone with an appointment on the old Microsoft Bookings platform for the upcoming week. These emails will include a private and link to re-book appointments into new PrepMod slots before public viewing commences.

What if I have trouble booking on PrepMod?

Don’t worry. We will still take care of you. Please see the walk-in options below.

Want to be the first to be notified of new appointments?

Enter your email here to get notifications before the webpage, and public at large.

Vax Appt notification

Walk-Ins

We are happy to accommodate walk-ins between 4-6p daily @ OAK HARBOR ON WEEKDAYS ONLY.

Please try and make an appointment if one is available, even if you want to come by spur of the moment. It will help reduce your time in-store.

We moved the walk-in window to our end-of-day slot so we know how many extra vaccines we have to accommodate non-registered customers. If we reach the end of allocations for the day, the walk-in period may be shortened. Again, please attempt booking. Appointments are the BEST way to reserve your dose.

EVEN IF YOU DON’T make an appointment. We want to vaccinate everyone, please spread the word we are here to help. See our accessibility options below.

Industry Leading Accessibility

We take accessibility seriously.

We know the lines can grow at times. If you have mobility issues, we move you to the front. If you can’t get out of the car, we will come to you in the parking lot.

If the technology aspect of this process gets a bit much. Just walk-in (4-6p M-F, Oak Harbor).

If you have trouble getting thru on the phone lines, please make your accessibility request in our drive thru.

Supply Outlook

Second doses are not at risk of shortage.

First doses are subject to fluctuations. Supplies are trending on the short side soon for first doses.

The J&J supply into WA will pause for a week or two. So, everyone goes back to waiting for Pfizer/Moderna. Island county is currently on a target of only 1400 first doses — for all providers.

Good news though. We have enough supply to run full capacity for both first and second doses this week — for all three brands. Please consider booking right away in case shipments cause availability challenges in weeks further down the road.

Those wanting reliable access to vaccine with a proven on-site experience are in the right place!

Volunteers

We have experienced amazing support from volunteers in recent weeks. Both Vaccinators and Ushers. Simply amazing.

Improving access to our La Conner and Clinton stores will be driven by volunteer availability. Please keep checking our site, some new spots are open now. As volunteer vaccinators schedule shifts, we will open appointments.

Wait List

To ensure doses don’t go unused at the end of our day, we are rolling out a new notification platform.

If we have extra doses from no shows or any other reason, we will notify everyone on the list by email and text. An embedded link will provide you the opportunity to reserve an extra dose IF you are available to be at your nearest one of our locations within 20 minutes. Once the doses are spoken for, no more reservations will be accepted that day.

Your willingness to come get vaccinated on short notice helps us ensure minimal waste of this publicly provided resource. All are encouraged to register.

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Now, some important procedural details

For those getting second doses will require proof of the original shot. Your CDC vaccination record card is the documentation we need. If you don’t have it with you, we can look it up. But, that may cause a delay in store.

Please don’t forget to bring your cell phone and use the text message arrival process. This helps us manage traffic flow and keep social distancing. All our landlines accept text messages.

Upon arrival to our parking lot, please text the full names of everyone in your party receiving a vaccine, along with our keyword “anticovid”.

Here is the example for Oak Harbor arrival, using our phone number 360.675.6688:

Please use these tools BEFORE attempting contact with staff

And now, a Thank You.


Thank you for the outpouring of support and appreciation from so many.
Thank you to our staff and volunteers for their efforts. Long hours. Changing variables – sometimes hourly. Sacrificing family time in lieu of improving public health. Well done.

Island Drug is proud to again serve in the role of Your Most Convenient Vaccination Destination, just as we did during the H1N1 pandemic.

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