The H3 Department continues to work with public and private partners to respond to COVID 19. COVID cases in Kitsap ticked up slightly in March; the City encourages Poulsbo residents to continue to mask up and avoid crowded, poorly ventilated places.
There is a COVID vaccine appointment assistance helpline available to North Kitsap residents: 360 394 9795. This service is intended to help those who have trouble accessing the internet, navigating online appointments, or face other challenges getting the vaccine. Callers who leave their contact information on the recorded line will receive a call back—within two business days—from a North Point Church volunteer. Volunteers will help callers identify and sign up for appointments. Spanish speakers are available.
Equity Matters. In Kitsap County, people who identify as Hispanic/Latino have a higher percentage of COVID cases than other populations (though much race and ethnicity data is unknown). This group is also among the lowest initiating vaccination. The City of Poulsbo is working with Bainbridge Island Community pharmacy and Bainbridge Prepares to reduce barriers to vaccination faced by Spanish speakers. Our helpline volunteers have helped over 150 people who identify as Hispanic/Lantinx find and make appointments.
Drive-up Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered in Poulsbo thanks to the Public Health District, the County's Department of Emergency Management, and Olympic College. Appointments are hard to come by-but there is a waiting list for people over 50 that have a qualifying health condition. Information here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VaccineStandbyList
Please contact Kim Hendrickson at the City's Department of Housing, Health and Human Services with any questions: email@example.com.