I’m 65 years previous with a compromised immune system and wanting to obtain any of the COVID vaccines. I’m skilled with computer systems and keep knowledgeable about native and state information — particularly COVID-related. You’d suppose I might be capable to discover someplace to obtain the vaccine. You’d be unsuitable.
I’m on a number of ready lists and frequently test the state Division of Well being web site. They persistently report no vaccine appointments out there inside 100 miles of my dwelling.
Yesterday, a buddy despatched me a hyperlink to a clinic in Lacey that had out there vaccine appointments. I clicked on the hyperlink and, excited that my vaccine odyssey would possibly quickly be over, answered the pages of questions on me, my well being and insurance coverage. On the finish of the method, the positioning congratulated me and introduced I had an appointment for the subsequent day.
I arrived early and walked into the clinic. I handed a couple of workers members as I walked alongside principally empty hallways, however I seen no sufferers. A nurse greeted me within the room the place the photographs have been administered.
“Are you right here for a primary or second dose?” she requested.
“First,” I stated.
“I’m sorry. All we now have is vaccine for the second dose.”
“Nevertheless it’s the identical vaccine,” I protested.
“Sure, however these are allotted for the second dose.”
“I’ve an appointment,” I stated. “I answered all of the questions, and also you despatched me an e mail confirming my time.”
Through the a number of minutes I stood speaking along with her and the pinnacle nurse, no sufferers arrived or left the clinic. Sure, that they had the vaccine, however I couldn’t obtain it.
As I drove away, I puzzled, is the Washington state vaccine distribution system damaged, or is that this the best way it’s imagined to be working?
After I arrived dwelling, I retrieved The Chronicle from my mailbox. On the entrance web page, they reported eight individuals had died in Lewis County from COVID in a single day. I suppose that every of those eight individuals desperately wished to reside. They wished the vaccine however, like me, couldn’t get it.
Our vaccine distribution system is damaged and must be mounted earlier than others die.