The Whatcom County community vaccination center will permanently close Thursday, June 17. Local healthcare providers have run the clinic at Bellingham Technical College since early March.
“As with other mass vaccination sites around the state and the country, we’re seeing a drop in demand at the CVC,” Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department director, said in a media release. “Nursing students have played a large role in staffing the CVC, and the current student group will be moving on as the academic quarter ends. With these changes, it makes sense to transition our vaccination efforts to mobile and pop-up clinics.”
Clinic volunteers administered over 8,500 Covid-19 vaccine doses since the clinic started 13 weeks ago, according to the health department.
Eight clinics are scheduled before clinic disbands, including the last two open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16-17. Healthcare workers will administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the clinics.
To make an appointment, visit prepmod.doh.wa.gov or call 360/778-6075.
Whatcom County has had a total of 9,084 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 382 probable cases (9,466 total cases), according to May 31 Washington state Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll remains at 98. The percent of deaths per total confirmed cases is 1 percent.
Every school district decreased in Covid-19 case rates. Blaine school district dropped from 148 cases per 100,000 people last week to 63 cases per 100,000. The school district had 43 confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week.
The county should receive at least 2,970 vaccine doses this week, although this number is not final and is likely to increase. Last week, Whatcom County received 7,010 vaccine doses.
About 44.9 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 52 percent have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the department. The department reports 102,351 county residents are fully vaccinated and 118,719 residents have received their first shot.
Statewide, 7,061,165 vaccine doses have been administered. About 43.2 percent of all residents in Washington are fully vaccinated and 50.3 percent have received one dose. Public spaces in the state can reopen to full capacity before June 30 if 70 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Right now, 53.9 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 402,536 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 34,448 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test). In all, 5,789 people in Washington with the virus have died as of May 31 and 24,254 have been hospitalized.
For more Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. State information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. Vaccine locations can be found at bit.ly/3nZiMqr. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.