Submitted by the Whatcom County Health Department
We’re not quite where we need to be to reopen early, but we’re doing really well, Whatcom. Right now, we’re 4th in the state for the number of eligible people who are fully vaccinated.
The more people we vaccinate, the safer our community will be. Let’s keep up the momentum!
Currently, 52.2% of all Whatcom County residents are fully vaccinated, and 68.5% of everyone in the county 16 and older has gotten at least one shot.
Back to ‘Normal‘
The Governor announced last month that Washington State will re-open no later than June 30. All industries will be able to return to normal operations after June 30, or sooner if 70% or more of everyone older than 16 initiate vaccination in the state. That means no limits on indoor capacity at restaurants, retail outlets, or most other businesses. Large indoor venues that can host 10,000 or more occupants will still be limited to 75% capacity.
Masks are staying for now, since we know they work so well and lots of people haven’t been vaccinated yet. Washington’s mask mandate will still be in effect. That means unvaccinated people will need to wear masks in indoor settings and public spaces, and businesses must document employee’s vaccination status before allowing them to unmask at work. But social distancing will no longer be required in most places!
Pop-up Vaccination Clinics and Other Walk-In Options
There are a number of clinics in the county welcoming walk-ins this week. The vaccine is still 100% free of charge. If you’re already vaccinated, share this list with someone who isn’t!
- PeaceHealth COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic – Tuesday, June 22, 9am-1pm AND Friday, June 25 9am-1pm. Pfizer clinic, 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham, map and directions here.
- You don’t need to be a PeaceHealth patient, and appointments aren’t required, but if you’d like one, you can make an appointment online or by phone at 833-375-0285.
- These are the last mass vaccination clinics at PeaceHealth’s Health Education Center. Take advantage of these opportunities to get your teen vaccinated!
- Nooksack Health Clinic – Wednesday, June 23, 10am-4pm AND Thursday, June 24, 12-6pm.Pfizer and Moderna clinic, Nooksack Community Building at 2515 Sulwhanon Dr in Everson.
- Everyone’s welcome, but tribal members will be prioritized. First AND second doses available!
- Old Lynden Middle School Gym, Friday, June 25, 3-6 p.m.Vaccine type TBD, 516 Main St. in Lynden.
- COVID-19 testing is also available here!
- Lummi Island clinic at Millers Farm, Sunday, June 27, 2021, 10am-12pm.Moderna clinic, 2206 Tuttle Lane, Lummi Island, WA, 98262.
- Get your first OR second dose! Appointments aren’t required, but if you’d like one you can make an appointment online.
There are lots of other local vaccine providers that currently offer COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment. Those providers include:
- Haggen on 12th Street (if scheduled vaccine appointments are not full)
- Haggen in Ferndale (if extra doses are available)
- Haggen on Meridian
- Haggen on Woburn
- PeaceHealth Community Vaccination Center
- Safeway in Bellingham (if extra doses are available)
- Walgreens (call first to check availability)
Go to VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov or call 1-833-VAX-HELP for a complete list of local vaccine providers. You can also text your zip code to GET-VAX (438-829) or VACUNA (822-862) to find a provider near you.
Weekly Vaccine MythBusted: The COVID-19 vaccine is less safe than alternative COVID-19 treatments.
The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use are some of the safest and most effective vaccines ever created. Some of the alternative treatments circulating on the internet, however, are downright dangerous.
Here’s a short list of unapproved and dangerous alternative COVID-19 treatments:
- Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Chlorite.Known by many names – like Miracle Mineral solution, Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement and more – they all have one thing in common. They do nothing to treat COVID-19 and can kill you. These chemicals are powerful industrial bleaching agents. Drinking anything containing these chemicals can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe dehydration. Seek help from a medical professional right away if you drink this stuff, accidentally or otherwise.
- Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate are commonly prescribed to malaria patients, and these treatments were briefly given Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA for treating COVID-19 patients when the pandemic began. The FDA promptly revoked the EUA after receiving many reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including blood and lymph system disorders, kidney injuries and liver failure. These drugs shouldn’t be used for anything other than what the FDA has approved them for.
- Ivermectin. Ivermectin is given to horses to kill parasitic worms, and may be prescribed for people with certain medical conditions. It is not approved by the FDA for use in treating COVID-19. Taking too much Ivermectin can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension, seizures, coma or death. Only use Ivermectin when prescribed by your healthcare provider, and only use it exactly as directed. It’s not intended to kill viruses, and won’t help you recover faster from COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 and you need medical assistance, your medical provider will give you the appropriate treatment. If you don’t have COVID-19, you can keep yourself safe by wearing a mask and watching your distance until you’re able to get vaccinated. That’s the best protection available, and the safest.
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More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine planning, and vaccine safety can be found on the DOH’s COVID-19 vaccine web page at www.covidvaccinewa.org. For information about COVID-19 vaccination in Whatcom County, visit our webpage at www.whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine.