The moment Kirsten Rogers received a phone call announcing that she would soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, she and her husband began dating.
They, like the և16 և more Washington, will be able to line up on April 15 after a coveted shooting after Gov. Aye Insley announced that the state would release more than 6 million people this week.
But when Rogers went online to secure time, he kept hitting dead ends. The sites went down, and the sites that were running had no appointments after April 15th.
“It’s exhausting to say we can be vaccinated, but hit the wall every second when ordering appointments,” said Rogers, who lives in Seattle.
His experience is likely to be a general disappointment in the coming weeks to the hundreds of thousands of Washington residents whose turn came sooner than expected, as they already do. So far, nearly 1.3 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated.
Public health experts say the change to an open system is good news for everyone, but warn that at least immediately after Wax Day is invented, patience and perseverance will be needed as appointments run out quickly.
“You do not hear any official say, ‘Isn’t it wonderful to be able to get it on April 15?'” Said Dr. Jan Annette Baseman, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. “It will take weeks.” It can take time, “people have to be patient with them in order to be relevant in the matter of ‘becoming competent’.”
The state may soon receive sufficient quotas to meet the requirements of supply suppliers. Next week’s delivery is expected to be around 460,000 doses, a significant increase due to the large delivery of uted onson և John onson single-dose doses.
As of Saturday, April 11, the state plans to receive a total of 412,570 doses, including 217,320 doses for the first stroke, according to the DOH. A total of 390,340 doses are expected throughout the third week of April.
The State Department of Health recommends using its vaccine localization site, vacinelocator.doh.wa.gov, which instructs the user to post a code և 50 miles away from clinics that appoint. The user then has to go to the website of the selected clinic.
One day this week, 163,000 people accessed the site, and 70% of those users were assigned, according to Michelle Roberts, Interim Assistant Secretary of Health.
The State Department of Health also recommends inspections with health care providers and county health departments. Other resources have appeared online; Several groups are spreading information about appointments on Facebook. Another site, CovidWA.com, checks appointment appointments at 800 state clinics and is updated every 5-10 minutes. When Inslee announced that people 16 and older would be eligible, the site’s hits tripled to 50,000 a day, according to co-founder George Orj Hui.
“As soon as I heard Inslee, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, CovidWA will be so much needed in the next few weeks,'” Hun said.
His advice. The best time to look for appointments is Wednesdays, starting at 5pm, around noon on Thursdays.
Phase Finder, an online questionnaire that showed Washington residents whether they are eligible for a shot, was discontinued on March 31. Instead, individual clinics use their own questionnaires to determine if someone is eligible while still relying on the honor system. Very few clinics open more than a week in advance, although some community vaccination sites in Yakima և Spokane allow residents to make appointments in late April.
In the absence of Phase Finder or additional eligibility checks, it is possible for someone to lie և request membership in the current priority group. This is a concern for the entire distribution of vaccines. Seattle-King County Health Department doctor FF Ducin said in a press briefing on Friday that it was “inevitably painful.”
At the same time, a large number of elderly people և other groups at higher risk for COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus, have not yet received the vaccine, which Inslee called a “dangerous situation” due to concerns about justice.
More than 330,000 people over the age of 65 have not received the dose, which is about a quarter of the state’s elderly population. Walt Bowen, president of the Washington State Elderly Lobby, is continuing the effort to vaccinate more seniors, even though they are happy that more people are eligible.
“We have grandchildren we care about,” Bowen said. “The seniors are not just a small group in the corner. we are engaged to our large families. We try to get vaccines for ourselves, but we are also concerned about others. The fact that it is more affordable, easier to obtain, we are excited. “
In King County, the Department of Health has helped reach out to colored communities in clinics, such as churches and other community centers, that have had a disproportionate impact on the epidemic. Clinics have set up time blocks for appointments, rather than specific times, to accommodate people with irregular work schedules.
The Department of Public Health holds weekly appointments for people who have difficulty getting vaccines, such as those who do not have computers, those with limited English and those sent by community partners, said Tad Sutter, spokesman.
How long will it take for anyone to get the vaccine? Experts say it will be sooner than previously thought, or not all within a week of April 15. But we are not far from the time when there will be larger doses of vaccines than people who want them. end of May.
“What people should expect is not immediately vaccines for everyone,” Ducin said. “But if the governor is right … you are going to get what you need.”