COVID-19

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: Today we received confirmation that we will receive another primary/1st dose Pfizer allocation of 1170 doses. We expect the vaccine to arrive early next week. This is great news for our community and supports our belief that vaccine supply lines are increasing and becoming more predictable. 1000 Email invitations for vaccination appointments were sent out Friday afternoon inviting those as young as 69 years old who registered through our “When is it my turn” notification system.  We are as pleased to see the line move as you are and hope to be able to offer vaccination appointments to all residents over the age of 65 within the next few weeks. If you are 65 and older and have not registered for vaccination on “when is it my turn”, please do so and we will contact you when you are eligible.
  • Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management at 360-344-9791 from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday 
  • Tri-Area Pharmacy online at https://covidbi.timetap.com/. 
  • For Safeway in Port Townsend, visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine 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, https://www.qfc.com/d/flu 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: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard
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 www.co.jefferson.wa.us 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 (Jeffersoncountypublichealth.org), Washington State Department of Health (doh.wa.gov), and Public Health-Seattle King County (kingcounty.gov/COVID) 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.