BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Community Vaccination Center (CVC) located at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 10th, from 9am to 6pm with 900 appointments available. These appointments will be for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
Registration for the appointments can be made online and by phone beginning at 9:30am on Wednesday, April 7th, at prepmod.doh.wa.gov and by calling (360) 778-6075.
Officials with the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) advise that the phone line is intended for people without internet access or who need language assistance. Anyone with access to the online registration system is asked to use it and not call. They note it is much faster to schedule online than over the phone.
A Whatcom County video (below) has been made available that provides information about how to schedule an appointment and what to expect at the clinic. A Spanish translation is also available.
WCHD officials warn that appointments fill up fast, and those who are not able to schedule an appointment are encouraged to sign up for the waiting list. Last week more than 40 people who signed up for the CVC waiting list were contacted by clinic staff and vaccinated according to WCHD officials.
Washington State is currently in Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4 of vaccine distribution. This means the following people are eligible to be vaccinated under the state’s requirements.
- People 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
- All people 60 years and older
- People, staff, and volunteers in certain congregate living settings: correctional facilities; group homes for people with disabilities; settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services
- High-risk critical workers* in certain congregate settings: agriculture, fishing vessel crews, food processing, grocery store/food bank, corrections (prisons, jails, detention centers), court of law, public transit, remaining first responders, restaurants, food services, construction, and manufacturing
- People 16 years or older who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness
- All people 50 and older who live in a multigenerational household
- All workers in healthcare settings
- Educators and school staff for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and childcare workers
- People who live or work in long-term care facilities
* Who work in an enclosed space around other people and cannot maintain physical distance.
Governor Jay Inslee’s office announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
The CVC is a collaborative effort between Bellingham Technical College, Unity Care NW, Whatcom County Health Department, Whatcom Unified Command, Family Care Network, PeaceHealth, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Hoagland Pharmacy, and Whatcom Community College (WCC). For more information about the Community Vaccination Center, visit VaccinateWhatcom.org.