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May 26, 2021

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Now is the time to get your vaccine at the Skagit Fairgrounds!

The final day to drive-up or make an appointment for a first-dose COVID vaccine at the Skagit County Fairgrounds will be Saturday, June 5. Skagit County Public Health will be closing out first-dose vaccine services at the Fairgrounds following this date and will focus primarily on second-dose vaccinations until June 26 when the site will close permanently.

People 12 and older are encouraged to access their first-dose Pfizer vaccine at the Fairgrounds between now and Saturday, June 5. After June 5, individuals may still receive a first-dose Pfizer vaccine from the Fairgrounds location, but they will not be guaranteed their second-dose at the Fairgrounds. Skagit Public Health will work with these individuals to locate a second-dose vaccine at a provider in Skagit County.

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics in Skagit County

Skagit County Public Health will be providing COVID vaccines at pop-up locations throughout Skagit County all summer long! Most pop-up clinics will offer Pfizer which can be administered to anyone 12+; however, some clinics may provide J&J which is available to those 18+. No appointments will be required to access a vaccine, and Public Health staff will work with individuals to coordinate a second-dose vaccine, either through a secondary pop-up clinic or at a local provider. For a list of upcoming pop-up dates and for clinic details, visit our website at www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or follow us on Facebook.

Vaccine Availability in Skagit County

Vaccine appointments and walk-ups are widely available throughout Skagit County. People 12+ can now access a vaccine at locations such as neighborhood pharmacies, grocery stores, and clinics. For a list of providers in your area, go to https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. You can also call the Vaccine Hotline at (360) 416-1500 for assistance. 

CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

On May 13, the CDC updated guidance for fully vaccinated people to say that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Everyone—including those who are fully vaccinated—must continue to mask on public transit, in schools, clinics, hospitals, and correctional facilities.

Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

To be considered fully vaccinated, one must be two weeks out from receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks out from receiving their single dose of Johnson & Johnson. The new guidance does not apply to individuals who are not yet vaccinated or those who are partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

To learn about what you can do once fully vaccinated, go to: https://bit.ly/3oNCp6N.