About 100 people were able to sign up Saturday for vaccine appointments this week through Skagit County Public Health.
All of this week’s appointment slots at the vaccination clinic at the Skagit County Fairgrounds were claimed by about 9:15 a.m. — 15 minutes after they were made available, according to county spokesperson Laura Han.
“We anticipated the demand — there just isn’t anything we (or any other providers) can do about it, frankly,” Han said in an email. “There aren’t enough doses available.”
The county’s vaccine appointments are based on the number of doses it receives each week from the state Department of Health, Han said.
“Public Health has set up logistical capacity to vaccinate hundreds of people at the fairgrounds per day, but we can’t because there aren’t doses,” she said.
This situation will not improve until allocations from the state become larger and more consistent, Han added.
She said 1,340 people were vaccinated at the clinic last week, and as of Friday 10,140 doses have been administered by providers in the county.
The soonest that new appointments will be available through Public Health is noon Friday. Those appointments will be for the week of Feb. 8.
Meanwhile, Island Hospital in Anacortes will resume taking vaccine appointments at noon Wednesday, and Skagit Regional Health will not take appointments until it makes its way though a wait-list of 18,000.
The vaccine is currently available to health care workers, first responders, those 65 and older, and those 50 and older who live in multigenerational homes.
On Monday, the Anacortes School District set dates for the return of middle school and high school students to hybrid learning, which consists of some in-person learning and some online learning.
Middle school students will begin hybrid learning Feb. 8 and high school students on Feb. 22.
These students will take part in in-person learning two full days a week, and will spend the other three days a week working independently on work provided by their teachers. There may also be some classes where students at home take part in live instruction through Zoom.