If there is one thing everyone can agree on as it relates to the rollout of the COVID vaccine it is that the situation is frustrating. What continues to ring true is that demand exceeds supply, and there doesn’t appear to be any quick resolution in sight.

As the community’s patience is wearing thin, please do try not to take out your frustrations on those who have been caring for you and managing the demands of this pandemic for almost a year. It is important to remember that there are a lot of smart people doing the very best they can to work within a system where the rules keep changing and one where they have no control.

Representatives from the County, OFHC, UW Medicine, Ray’s Pharmacy and OIHCD  are meeting frequently to come up with a coordinated plan to ensure the Orcas community is well served. These are the same people who have successfully guided us through the pandemic to-date, and it is largely through their efforts that we have been able to achieve such positive results.

It is no accident that San Juan County has the lowest rate of total COVID cases per 100,000 people of any county in the contiguous United States. The only counties with lower rates are the most remote areas of both Hawaii and Alaska. In addition, San Juan County is the second largest county in America to have not recorded a single COVID fatality. These statistics are exceptional when you consider the average age and overall demographics of the County. You can find more on the overall case rate information on US News and the fatality information at 24/7 Wall St.

Everyone is working as quickly as possible to find the best path forward, and the efforts will not stop until every member of our community is able to be vaccinated. Hoping we can all search within ourselves to find grace under pressure in the months ahead.