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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Bellingham and Whatcom County

Bellingham Public Library has gathered information from multiple sources to help the public navigate the COVID-19 Vaccine availability within our community. Rollout of the vaccine is administered by the Washington State Department of Health, and locally by the Whatcom County Health Department. This information will continue to be updated regularly.

Vaccinations at Bellingham Technical College

The Community Vaccination Center located at Bellingham Technical College now welcomes walk-ins. Appointments are still encouraged but no longer required for vaccination at any of the CVC’s three weekly clinics. 

Appointments are still recommended. People who choose walk-in appointments will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis, but people with appointments are guaranteed vaccination at their scheduled appointment times.  

“Now that supply has caught up with demand, we’re able to accommodate people who show up without an appointment,” said CVC Supervisor Debra Taylor. “So if you’re getting off work on a Tuesday or Thursday or out running errands on a Saturday with 20 minutes to spare and haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, stop on by! We’d be happy to serve you.” 

The CVC currently hosts three weekly clinics, with evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and daytime hours on Saturdays. Appointments are currently available for all clinics this week during the following hours:

  • Tuesday, May 11: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Appointments can be made at PrepMod.doh.wa.gov. People who need language assistance or have technology barriers can call 360-778-6075 to schedule an appointment. The phone line operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Many more local COVID-19 vaccine providers are also taking walk-ins. As of Monday, May 10, those providers include:

  • Costco
  • Haggen on 12th Street (if scheduled vaccine appointments are not full)
  • Haggen in Ferndale (if extra doses are available)
  • Haggen on Meridian
  • Haggen on Woburn 
  • PeaceHealth Community Vaccination Center 
  • Safeway in Bellingham (if extra doses are available)
  • Walgreens (call first to check availability)

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

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Nursing students from Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College staffed the vaccination stations at the pilot clinic event.

General Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Check these sources for Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including who is currently eligible, the cost, vaccine safety, versions available and other concerns.

  • Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Information includes an overview of the vaccine phases, safety, and potential locations.
  • Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine page includes information on vaccine safety, and how vaccines work, as well as the state’s vaccine distribution plan.
  • PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions includes more indepth information about vaccine safety and availability through PeaceHealth.

How to determine eligibility status for the COVID-19 Vaccine and get proof of eligibility

Phase Finder, the state’s online vaccine eligibility tool, is no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility as of March 31.

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Use Vaccine Locator to find an appointment. Vaccine Locator is available in 30 languages and will add seven more languages by the end of April. Those who have further questions or need help making an appointment can call the state’s COVID-19 information hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

While Phase Finder is going away, the state’s vaccine phases are the same. On March 31, vaccine eligibility opened to people in Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4. This includes:

  • Anyone with two or more comorbidities
  • Anyone between the ages of 60 and 64
  • Anyone living in congregate settings (correctional facilities, group homes for those with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, etc.)
  • Additional workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, construction)

All of these dates are tentative and subject to change based on vaccine demand and supply.

Where to Find COVID-19 Vaccination locations in Whatcom County

Washington State has established an online map of Vaccine Locations. This tool allows you to find locations providing vaccines when supply allows. Scroll through the list of counties to find providers and retail pharmacies offering vaccines in Whatcom County. You are asked NOT to call these providers, but you can check availability through their websites. Some require an appointment, some do not.

How to find out when COVID-19 Vaccine is available

Sign up for text or email alerts on local COVID-19 vaccine availability

You can sign up with the Whatcom County Health Department or PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Hospital for text or email alerts about vaccine availability. Your health care provider might also offer this service; check their website. PLEASE DO NOT CALL PROVIDERS TO INQUIRE ABOUT VACCINE AVAILABILITY.

  • Whatcom County Health Department
    Go to the Notify Me list offered by the Whatcom County Health Department. Enter your email when asked and then scroll down until you see the words ‘News Flash’. Then click either the text or email symbol at ‘Health – Public Health News’. There also an archive of Vaccine updates
  • PeaceHealth St Joseph Hospital Also offers signup for COVID-19 vaccine email updates on their COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center page.

Mass vaccination sites in Washington State

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), with assistance from the Washington National Guard and local and private sector partners, has launched mass vaccination sites in Kennewick, Ridgefield, Spokane and Wenatchee. They are open by appointment only to people who pre-registered and are eligible for the vaccine.

Safe Behaviors Post-Vaccine

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has adopted the guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding post-vaccine behavior.

The CDC is quite clear that vaccinated people should continue to wear masks when they’re in public, avoid crowds and take other precautions when gathering with unvaccinated people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

If a vaccinated person has been around someone with COVID-19, they do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless they have symptoms. However, if a vaccinated person lives in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and is around someone who has COVID-19, they should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if without symptoms.

Regardless of vaccination status, people should still take steps to protect themselves and others while in public settings. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. In addition, people should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if they’ve been around someone who is sick.