Each registered vaccine provider in Thurston County has different policies and procedures for how they choose to release their vaccine appointment information to the public. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) utilizes a combination of "open pod" and "closed pod" vaccination events in order to equitably distribute the vaccine to residents in Thurston County.
Open pod clinics are appointment-based, first come, first served events. When PHSS announces these types of clinics, it is generally through the PHSS website, Facebook, and Twitter channels an hour prior to opening registration for the clinic. Unfortunately, due to high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, appointments can fill up very quickly.
PHSS uses closed pod clinics to more equitably distribute the vaccine to those in Thurston County without internet access, non-English-speaking communities, homebound individuals, and those without consistent access to services. To execute these clinics, PHSS generally partners with a local organization, such as United Way, Senior Services for South Sound, EMS Medic One, or other non-profit organizations to reserve slots for underserved members of our community. These closed pod events are not announced to the public.
Weekly vaccine allocations are the main driver for how many appointment slots PHSS has at any given event, as all health care providers strive to use 100% of the vaccine doses allocated each week. More appointments will be available as the supply increases.