January 12th, 2021
Dear Clinic Members,
Today’s newsletter is another update on the Covid vaccination process. We feel grateful to be a provider for the Covid vaccines and are proud that to date we have administered over 400 doses to high-risk workers in health care.
We continue to receive numerous phone calls from clinic members as well as non-members interested in being vaccinated. We understand the great deal of anxiety surrounding the pandemic and the vaccine program and hope that frequent updates on the process will ease some of the anxiety.
It is important to point out that we do not set the guidelines for who is eligible and when. We spend time every day checking on updates to the guidelines, as they are a work in progress. We are obligated to follow the prioritization guidelines, and since the guidelines have been undergoing frequent changes we are putting a lot of effort into making sure we stay compliant.
We have received many inquiries from patients today in the wake of the shift in vaccine priority guidance at the federal level. We await word from Governor Inslee and the State Department of Health about whether these changes in prioritization will be instituted at the local level. Once we have that update, we will adjust our approach accordingly.
If today’s federal recommendations are instituted in Washington State, we anticipate an influx of requests for scheduling, and we will do our best to meet that demand. We are working on an online scheduling system to streamline the process. Our clinic members who prefer to schedule appointments by telephone will still have the option to do so. However…
Our request to clinic members right now is that you wait to hear from us on getting your vaccine appointment. We are planning to work at our maximum capacity to get ALL of our members vaccinated as soon as possible. If all of our clinic members were eligible to receive the vaccine, and if there were no slowing in the supply of vaccines, we estimate that it would take two to three weeks to get everyone their shots.
We are hopeful that we will continue to receive as many doses of the Covid vaccine as we can administer. We also bear in mind the concerns voiced by many about the vaccine supply. In whatever way circumstances are changing, however, we remain committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients.
Dr. Crandell and Staff