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We now know that COVID-19 vaccination not only protects you from infection, but it makes you much less likely to spread it, too. But the good news doesn’t stop there: it’s now SUPER EASY to get, and still 100% free of charge.
All of these clinics welcome walk-ins, and the vaccine is still 100% free of charge. If you’re already vaccinated, share this list with someone who isn’t!
Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to be vaccinated in Washington State. Please note adolescents and teens aged 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
In our community, we have a strong network of pharmacies, tribal health centers, community health centers, and primary care providers that offer the vaccine. Your primary care provider will likely be able to make an appointment for you.
The vaccine is now widely available and appointments are often not required. Many pharmacies like the ones at Haggen and Safeway accept walk-ins. Walk-ins are also welcome at PeaceHealth’s vaccine clinic, although appointments are preferred.
You can use the Vaccine Locator to find a vaccine provider near you. You can also call the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357) for assistance. Call takers can tell you which locations near you offer the COVID-19 vaccine, and help you schedule an appointment if needed. This line also has Spanish, Russian, Punjabi, and other language options.
Vaccines must pass some of the toughest safety measures in medicine. The process to approve and monitor vaccines has been around for decades. It’s the same process used to develop vaccines for measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), and the seasonal flu.
The process to bring a safe and effective vaccine to you begins with clinical trials. Trials are ongoing for COVID-19 vaccines under development. Throughout vaccine development and distribution, there are numerous safety measures. These include:
As vaccines receive Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, Washington State, along with other western states, will do an independent review of the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. We will only promote safe and effective vaccines.
Learn more about how the vaccine makes its way from manufacturers to you.
For other questions and answers about the vaccine, see our Vaccine Questions page.
You might have mild reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, like fatigue or soreness where the vaccine was injected. As with any vaccine, serious reactions have been rare during vaccine testing, and the benefits of getting vaccinated greatly outweigh any risk.
The vaccine will be provided at no cost. It will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance. The cost of the vaccine will be covered for people who are uninsured.
Two of the three vaccines currently available - the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines - require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose. If required, your provider will discuss the need for a second dose after you’ve had your first.
Your provider will let you know which vaccine you received and if you need a second dose. It will also be marked on your vaccination card you receive at the time of your appointment. You can also access your vaccination record at https://wa.myir.net/rorl.
On May 13, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask or socially distance except where required by laws, rules, or regulations (including business and workplace guidance). This is because the vaccines have proven incredibly effective at preventing both infection and transmission, meaning if you are vaccinated, it’s highly unlikely you will get COVID-19, and highly unlikely you will spread it.
Although masking guidelines and rules have changed, many people in our community aren’t yet vaccinated, and more severe and easily-transmitted variants are spreading. The Whatcom County Health Department recommends that people who are fully vaccinated keep wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces where you can’t be sure what everyone’s vaccination status might be.
Businesses retain the right to require masks.
For more information on what to do after you’re vaccinated, please refer to:
As we work to vaccinate our community, we know that it will be a team effort, and that team includes you. You may have people in your life who are unsure about whether to get the vaccine. If you'd like to talk to them about the vaccine, you can find some tips in the health department's vaccine confidence discussion guide, with more information about the vaccine in our COVID vaccines fact sheet. Also visit our Vaccine Questions page, which covers common misconceptions about the vaccines.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help with our local COVID-19 vaccination effort! We are not looking for volunteers at this time.
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