FERNDALE, Wash. — Emergency use approval of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna were issued in mid-December and doses have begun arriving and being administered to front-line workers here in Ferndale.
Whatcom County Fire District 7 personnel have begun receiving immunizations according to Division Chief Ben Boyko.
Boyko said the immunizations were provided by Ferndale Pharmacy at their location on Alder Street.
“Being able to work with a local pharmacy made the logistics of getting everyone immunized easier and quicker,” Boyko said. Their other option was to schedule with PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center which is where many front-line workers from around Whatcom County are scheduling immunizations.
Ferndale Pharmacy Manager Norman Tang said he had received the Moderna vaccine from the State last week and immediately contacted local front-line workers to let them know.
The vaccines are being provided in 2 doses with a 28-day interval between each, Tang said.
In addition to emergency medical response personnel, other eligible recipients include doctors, nurses, long-term care staff and other caregivers. Tang says he wants to be sure to provide local eligible recipients with needed doses and then those from outside the area.
Tang said the initial supply of doses has been depleted and he is in touch with the State to be sure to continue to receive more doses.
Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination can contact Ferndale Pharmacy to determine their eligibility or submit a patient information form available on their website and provide the relevant occupation information.
Tang said no estimates have been made as to when the vaccines will be made available to the public.