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Mill Creek senior living site undergoing onsite Pfizer shots

Appointments hard-to-come by as eligibility opens to all, 65 and older

 

Last updated 1/22/2021 at 8:09pm

Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Health Department

Congregate facilities are vaccinating onsite, and Snohomish County is taking appointments for those eligible, at drive through clinics located in Lynnwood, Everett, Monroe and Sultan. Details on scheduling through the health district are here: https://bit.ly/2LV49r3. Those eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination can also contact their personal health care providers, to schedule.

Cogir Senior Living in Mill Creek is one of the many congregate facilities undergoing a vaccination program, and outside that setting people are getting shots, but the process is slower than people would like it to be.

At Cogir, the plan started with three consecutive clinics, approximately three weeks apart.

"How this will work is that everyone who is signed up for the first injection will receive it at the first clinic. At the second clinic, 28 days later, all first round residents and staff who received the first injection will now receive the second one. All residents and staff who were not at the community at the time of the first clinic will receive their first injection at the second clinic in early February, followed by a third clinic to administer the second injection in late February," the Cogir site said.

CVS will continue to hold clinics at each of the Cogir communities until all staff and residents are vaccinated at its Washington and California sites, Cogir said. The company partnered with CVS Pharmacy and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to provide onsite clinics for residents and staff, beginning the week of Jan. 11.

The effort was part of the wider vaccination plan, focusing on the first eligible. Those were health care workers and high risk first responders, as well as the residents and staff in settings such as Cogir. Eligibility has widened to include all people over the age of 65 but some report that appointments are hard to come by.

"There's no appointments available," said Cyndy Gallacher, Mill Creek resident and publicity chair for the Mill Creek Women's Club. The club has had to pivot to Zoom meetings to stay socially distant. Gallacher said she is afraid the increased eligibility will roll out before those over the age of 65 are vaccinated.

According to the Snohomish County Health District, eligible phases as of Jan. 22 are in 1a and 1b, and including the following:

• Health care workers and first responders;

• Residents and staff of community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance;

• People 50 years or older who live in multigenerational households (2 or more generations).

Phase and eligibility information is updated at the Snohomish County Health District: https://bit.ly/3qHPZIz.

Vaccines are based on eligibility and are by appointment only, through the health district and health care facilities. Some pharmacies are also advertising COVID-vaccine appointment availability.

Editor's comment: Are you a Mill Creek agency offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments? Contact us for an announcement or an interview: [email protected]

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