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June 2, 2021

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Final Week for First-Dose Pfizer Vaccine Services at the Fairgrounds

This is the final week for first-dose Pfizer vaccine services at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. The final day to receive a first-dose Pfizer vaccine and be guaranteed a second dose at the Fairgrounds is Saturday, June 5. After this date, people can still access a first dose at the Fairgrounds, but staff will work with these individuals to locate a second dose at another location.

Skagit Public Health will have Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose vaccine available at the Fairgrounds after June 5 for individuals 18 years and older; drop-ins welcome, Thursdays (1-7pm), Fridays and Saturdays (10am-4pm)! For more information, call the Vaccine Hotline at (360) 416-1500 or go to our website at www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

For a full list of vaccine providers in Skagit County, go to: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.

Upcoming Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics in Skagit County

Skagit County Public Health will be hosting pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics around Skagit County all summer long! These clinics are available to anyone 12+ (when Pfizer available) or 18+ (when J&J available); no appointment needed! For a list of upcoming dates and locations, visit www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

Some locations include:

Information about Myocarditis and COVID-19 Vaccines

Since April, there have been increased reports of cases of inflammation of the heart—called myocarditis and pericarditis—happening after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. These reports are rare given the number of vaccine doses administered. The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older, given the greater risk of COVID-19 illness and complications.

The CDC and its partners are actively monitoring these reports, by reviewing data and medical records, to learn more about what happened and to see if there is any relationship to COVID-19 vaccination.

Here are some things to know about these recent reports:

  • Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis is inflammation of the outer lining of the heart. In both cases, the body’s immune system causes inflammation in response to an infection or some other trigger.
  • Cases reported have occurred mostly in male adolescents and young adults age 16 years or older, and more often after getting the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. Symptom onset is typically within several days after COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, and/or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart. Seek medical care if you think you or your child have any of these symptoms within a week after COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Survey

Scientists from UW Medicine and the Washington State Department of Health are studying how COVID-19 has spread in Washington and its impact on different communities. About 8,000 Washington residents have been randomly selected to fill out the WAshington coronaVirus Exposure Survey. If you received a postcard or letter in the mail about it, please respond! To learn more, visit https://thewavesurvey.org/.