We are currently in Phase 1B tier 1 of vaccine distribution

The vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. This is in addition to populations eligible during phase 1A including health care workers at high risk for COVID-19 infection, first responders, educators and school staff for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and child care workers (added 3/2), people who live or work in long-term care facilities, and all other workers in health settings who are at risk of COVID-19. Learn more about who gets the vaccine and when. From DOH: We are adding educators and school staff for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and child care workers to Washington’s Phase 1B-1 immediately. Please see the recent news release for more information.

A Note from Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke

There is good reason to be hopeful that the COVID pandemic will one day come to an end as the distribution of two safe and highly effective vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) begins. Clallam and Jefferson Counties are leading the State in deploying these vaccines rapidly. Priorities for vaccination are determined by Washington’s Governor and vaccination administration sites are required to adhere to these restrictions.

At Jefferson County Public Health, we work very closely with Jefferson Healthcare and local pharmacies on COVID vaccine deployment. Whenever vaccine becomes available, scheduling can be done through the following:

  • Jefferson Healthcare website at COVID-19 Vaccine - Jefferson Healthcare From JHC: Jefferson County K-12 school employees and licensed childcare providers are encouraged to register for appointment notification through the “When is it my turn?” link on the Jefferson Healthcare website.  Registration will allow us to email an appointment scheduling link once we receive confirmation of vaccine allotment from the state. Please use the Washington State Phase Finder tool to determine eligibility and bring eligibility verification to vaccination appointment.In addition, Jefferson County residents 50 years old and older who live in a multi-generational households are also encouraged to register for notification through the “When is it my turn?” link.  Eligibility is determined through the Washington State Phase Finder tool and verification will be required at the vaccination appointment. Jefferson County 1A individuals may use the same steps outlined to receive vaccine notification.
    Jefferson Healthcare is very engaged in vaccinating the community and committed expanding our efforts as the vaccine supply line continues to open. We will continue to prioritize our oldest and frailest community members and incorporate additional tiers as we move forward. To date, we have administered 9,669 total doses of vaccines and provided 6,202 first doses and 3,467 second doses. These numbers include phase 1A and phase 1B, 67 years old and older who are Jefferson County residents or who have a Jefferson Healthcare primary care provider, as well as our medically vulnerable patients in Home Health, Oncology and Primary Care. See the full press release here (3/4/21)
  • Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management at 360-344-9791 from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday 
  • Tri-Area Pharmacy online at 
  • For Safeway in Port Townsend, visit and scroll down to Jefferson County for the link. No walk-in sign ups are available; pharmacy staff are unable to schedule these appointments at this time. 
  • For QFC in Port Hadlock, No walk-in sign ups are available; pharmacy staff are unable to schedule these appointments at this time. Read more on our COVID-19 Vaccine page

To assess your eligibility to receive COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the WA State Department of Health Phase Finder tool.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard:
Find out the number of cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations in each county.

Anyone 65 years old and older can register to be notified when they are eligible to be vaccinated at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, Washington.

Please note, due to limited supply, the notification does not guarantee an appointment.

If you are experiencing stress due to COVID-19 call the Washington Listens line at 833-681-0211 for support and resources. For a comprehensive list of mental health resources (including local resources): Mental Health Resources

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Board of County Commissioner Meetings with COVID-19 Updates

Every Monday, at 9:45 a.m., Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, or a member of Public Health will be giving regular public updates about COVID-19 during the County Commissioner’s weekly meetings. The COVID-19 Updates are live-streamed for viewing on the internet, and also are recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter. Those without internet can listen by dialing: +1 (646) 749-3122 enter Access Code: 661-198-069

To see live or recorded videos of the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, go to and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen. Choose “Streaming Live” or “Recorded.”

Resources & Recommendations

Our Current Recommendations

  1. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you are experiencing symptoms like cough, fever, and other respiratory problems, contact your regular health care provider for advice. In many cases, you will not need to be seen and home self-care will be your best option.

  2. Stay home if you are sick. Children should not be sent to school; adults should not go to work if they are ill.

  3. Practice optimal person hygiene habits, including coughing into tissue or the elbow and avoidance of touching your eyes, nose, or mouth unless your hands are freshly washed or sanitized. Washing your hands before touching and eating food is also important.

  4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 years of age or older or have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.

  5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check the Jefferson Public Health Website (, Washington State Department of Health (, and Public Health-Seattle King County ( on a daily basis for updates.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.