Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce opens new indoor vaccination site
Appointments are required at Boeing's Everett Activity Center
Last updated 2/17/2021 at 1:35pm
COVID-19 vaccines are still by appointment only and still only available to those eligible, but there's a brand new vaccination site in Everett.
The first indoor mass vaccination site has opened at Boeing Everett Activity Center, 6400 36th Ave. W., as on Feb. 2. It is part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce efforts and like the drive-through locations, the site is by appointment only for those who are eligible under the current phase of vaccination.
Information on who is eligible, as well as links to register, are available at https://bit.ly/SnoCoHub under the "COVID-19 Vaccine" button. Those with limited or no internet access, or who need language support, can call the COVID-19 call center at 425-339-5278.
The site is supplied with the Moderna vaccine and shots are administered by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. Two doses of Moderna vaccine are given about 28 days apart. The second dose can be up to six weeks after the first.
The location is capable of handling 10,000 shots per week, if supply flow allows for that level.
Operations at the Paine Field location have been suspended and resources reallocated to the Boeing Activity Center. People who received their first dose at the Paine Field site will have their second dose appointment at the Boeing site. Plans are underway to open at least seven more sites in the county, once supplies increase.
Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes called the partnership between Boeing and the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce an important effort.
"The pandemic has had a profound effect on every facet of life for people locally and around the world, and we must all work together to fight COVID-19," Deal said.
More than 21,700 vaccinations have been completed at mass vaccination sites since Jan. 6, the health district said. Countywide, more than 53,700 people have received at least one dose of vaccine, and more than 8,400 have completed both doses, as of Jan. 31. Vaccine numbers are updated weekly on Tuesdays at http://www.snohd.org/covidvaccine.
"We know that tens of thousands of residents will be able to get their vaccine because Boeing stepped forward to help," said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.
The taskforce also is moving forward with mobile vaccination clinics. EMS staff with the Snohomish County Fire Taskforce began administering vaccines at adult family homes the first week in February. On Monday, they vaccinated 88 staff and residents at 16 adult family homes as well as 203 staff and residents with the Everett Housing Authority. The plan is to continue that trend vaccinating residents at 35 more adult family homes and another 200 residents at Everett Housing Authority properties. Coordination is ongoing to provide mobile clinics for underserved and historically marginalized communities.
Vaccine supply is still limited. Appointments have been booking rapidly and cannot be made in advance.
Health care providers and pharmacies are also offering vaccine appointments, to those who are eligible. Two doses of the same type of vaccine are required for either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Once fully vaccinated, health officials still advise people to follow all of the same precautions for social distancing, masking and cleanliness until enough people are vaccinated. The purpose is to prevent spread that could overwhelm hospital resources. When enough people are vaccinated, plans are to lift restrictions.
In rare cases, patients have been infected with COVID-19 twice, according to the CDC, bolstering advice to stay vigilant, even when vaccinated.
For more information on how and where to book a vaccine appointment, go to https://bit.ly/3pMKN6e or call the health district call center at 425-339-5278. Eligibility information can be checked here: https://bit.ly/3rk9A1P.