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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Washington State is in Vaccine Phase 1B-4. On March 31, Governor Inslee announced everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for vaccine April 15.

Videos

How It Works – Heather Hill, RN, BSN

Heather Hill, communicable diseases program manager, explains vaccine distribution locally and statewide

Vaccine is Safe and Effective – 2nd Lt. Paula Ramirez

Lt. Ramirez, National Guard lead at the DOH Vaccine Site, explains the safety of COVID-19 vaccine.

Get Tested – Heather Hill, RN, BSN

Heather Hill, communicable diseases program manager, explains the importance of COVID-19 testing and mitigation strategies.

Vaccine Rollout – Pasco Fire Chief Bob Gear, Incident Commander

Chief Gear, incident commander at the Benton Co. Fairgrounds DOH Vaccine Site, gives an update on vaccine rollout.

Masks remain powerful against COVID-19 – Heather Hill, RN, BSN

Heather Hill, communicable diseases program manager, explains that although vaccine will reach us all soon, we must continue to mask and distance.

Frequently asked questions

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Information on DOH Mass Vaccination Site

>>>Watch the DOH PrepMod site for actual days/times for registrations.
Only those in Phase 1A-1, 1A-2, 1B-1, 1B-2, 1B-3, and 1B-4 are eligible at this time. All individuals over age 16 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination on April 15.
This is drive-thru site only – do NOT walk-up. This is for your safety.

The site is currently operating Tuesday through Saturday.

Appointments 

  • Check  your eligibility at www.FindYourPhaseWa.org and print, or screen shot, the eligibility (or call 1-800-525-0127 and press # for assistance).
  • Book online at https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/.
    1. When using the DOH PrepMod site, do not fill in any of the information in the search info. Simply scroll down to find the Benton-Franklin-Kennewick site and select a day if it shows open appointments.
    2. DOH is releasing appointments on a weekly basis in PrepMod based on how much vaccine is available per site and how vaccine is intended to be used. If the day shows zero doses, the appointments are full for that day.
    3. If you have a reservation, please arrive as early as possible on that day (after 8:30 a.m.) for your vaccination.
  • Do NOT make an appointment if you have received any other type of vaccination within the last two weeks or a COVID-19 vaccine less than 21 days ago for Pfizer or 28 days ago for Moderna.
  • Do NOT come if you are currently ill with anything, including COVID-19, or have not passed 10 days since symptom onset of COVID-19.
  • Do NOT book an appointment if you have received monoclonal plasma treatment for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Do NOT book several appointments with several providers. This results in no shows at clinics, takes other community members’ chances of getting vaccine, and may result in vaccine waste.
  • Do NOT take pain relieving medications like Tylenol or Advil before your vaccination as it may affect the immunoresponse. If you take pain medications for another condition, follow the advice of your prescribing provider. Pain medications can be taken after the vaccination if you need them for fever or muscle pain.
  • Do NOT ask to have a different brand of vaccine for your 2nd dose.

Workflow at the Site

  • Bring your mask.
  • Police are on site to help with overall site safety. They will NOT check your ID or immigration status. The site is also staffed by members of local Fire, EMS, area nurses, and the National Guard.
  • The site cannot accomodate over-sized vehicles like lifted vehicles, RVs, semi trucks, buses, etc.
  • You may encounter lines and waits. Be prepared with food, water, comfort items, medications, and clothing that allows access to your arm.
  • There are portable restrooms on site.
  • Please do NOT bring animals or wander outside your vehicle.
  • Per Washington Mandate, the site will screen for WA State residency or work status – this can be done by vehicle plate, a pay stub, utlity bill with your name and address, etc. You will NOT be turned away for immigration status.
  • Show your Phase Finder eligibility for first doses (screen shot or paper), your vaccine card for second doses, AND your PrepMod appointment confirmation for both.
    1. If you have misplaced your vaccine card, retrieve your record from MyIR. If you cannot show it, you will be pulled into a holding area so site members can verify which vaccine you received and when. If they cannot verify your vaccination, you will be referred to your medical provider and not vaccinated. This is for your safety.
  • You will be asked to wait a mimimum of 15 minutes after vaccination to be monitored for reactions.

Other Information

  • Drive-ups: If excess vaccine is available in the afternoon, eligible individuals may be accepted into a holding area. The date on your card for your second dose is the minimum timeline to have your second dose. It does NOT mean you have an appointment that day.
  • 2nd Dose:
    1. If you received your 1st dose from another provider, you should first attempt to return to that provider for your 2nd dose.
    2. The 2nd dose has a “minimum” time frame it can be given dependent upon the brand (21 days Pfizer, 28 days for Moderna).
    3. If you cannot get in on the date listed on your card, it is still safe and effective to get the vaccine up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the original dose (source) and there really is not a time that it is too late to receive it or that you will be required to start the series over.
    4. You will NOT be notified when you are eligible for your 2nd dose through PrepMod. The DOH populates the PrepMod site when confirmation of vaccine shipment and arrival are set. This is usually the weekend before the appointments. If you need to schedule, please watch for the appointments beginning Friday. BFHD is NOT notified when DOH populates PrepMod with appointments.
  • V-safe: a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

How and where can I get vaccinated?

1) If you or someone you know needs assistance with qualification or help finding a provider, call 1.800.525.0127 and press #.

2) Check Vaccine Finder to locate a provider near you (or check below).

3) If you need help getting access to vaccine, visit www.bft.org/VaccineTransportation.

Community Providers

**If an individual is connected to a provider they will begin to receive notice from the provider’s electronic medical records (ie: My Chart) to begin the scheduling process. These providers ask you do not call or just show up. Watch for notifications for registration and visit their websites.**

Understanding the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program – CDC

BFHD is not currently resourced to provide vaccine to the community from our building.

V-safe: a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

What vaccine phase are we in?

⇒ Phase Timeline Graphic – DOH

⇒ Phase Timeline Graphic (Esp.) – DOH

⇒ Phase and Tier Timeline and Details – DOH

  • Washington state counties move together in phasing. As of March 31, 2021, the state is in Phase 1B Tier 4 (1B-4) 
  • Phases are additive – meaning you do not lose your chance as phases move forward. Area providers are still vaccinating Phase 1A-1 through 1B-3 individuals as well.
  • There is more demand than supply – please be patient as our area providers are supplied vaccine from the state and requests are still higher than allocations.

What vaccine phase am I in?

The Phase Graphic will tell you what phase you are in if you qualify in Phase 1A through Phase 1B-4. On April 15, everyone age 16+ will be eligible to receive vaccine. Note that Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for 16 and 17 year olds, so they can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.

How do we know vaccines are safe?

Clinical Trials

+ Vaccine Safety Handout – DOH

COVID-19 vaccines must go through rigorous clinical trials in which many thousands of study participants receive the vaccine. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates the scientific data from these studies to determine the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine. FDA relies on input from an advisory group of outside scientists and experts, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to provide an objective and thorough analysis of safety and effectiveness. VRBPAC also makes recommendations to FDA about vaccine approval. This is a transparent process because VRBPAC meetings are open to the public.

If a vaccine meets the FDA’s safety and effectiveness standards, the FDA can make the vaccines available for use in the U.S. by traditional licensure or emergency use authorization.

After the FDA makes its determination, a second independent advisory body of outside immunization experts, the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will review the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness data and make recommendations to the CDC with guidance for healthcare providers and the public about the use of the vaccine.

Vaccine Safety Monitoring

After a vaccine is authorized for use, multiple safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible side effects. If an unexpected serious side effect is detected, experts work as quickly as possible to determine whether it is a true safety concern. This serves as an ongoing evaluation of safety even after the clinical trials are completed. For COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC and FDA have expanded safety monitoring systems to carefully evaluate safety in real-time and make sure the COVID-19 vaccines are as safe as possible.

Some Vaccine Formulations Require More Than one Dose

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require more than one dose for optimum effectiveness. Both vaccines have shown an efficacy around 95% after the second dose is taken approximately 21-28 days after the initial dose, depending upon the vaccine. Multiple formulations (different products) of vaccine are under development. How the vaccine is made, the number of doses required to provide protection against the COVID-19 virus, how it has to be stored and which populations can receive it varies from vaccine to vaccine. Individuals will likely not be able to choose which vaccine they receive.

Only Licensed and Trained Health Professionals Can Give Vaccinations

Only individuals who are licensed and trained to administer vaccines will be able to provide vaccination. Once the vaccine is more widely available to the public, many different types of healthcare providers will provide vaccinations in order to make the vaccine accessible for all who are interested in receiving it. These providers may administer vaccine both in clinics and hospitals and at more mobile or vaccination sites in the community.

Myths and Facts about Vaccine Safety

Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical.

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

+ Vaccine Safety Handout – DOH

It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information.

The CDC addresses the most common reasons for vaccine hesitancy on their myths and facts page.

  • Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19? (NO)
  • After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test? (NO)
  • If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a vaccine? (YES)
  • Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19? (YES!)
  • Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA? (NO)
  • Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or want to have a baby one day? (YES!)

Other Frequently Asked Questions about vaccination can be found here.

If I am eligible, will I get vaccine right away?

When a phase opens, there are many, many more people than there are vaccines available. Phases are meant to stagger over a course of time, sometimes weeks, as vaccines shipments are sent weekly to providers. Try to be patient. If no one has vaccine, or you cannot get an appointment when the phase opens, you will never not be eligible. Even if other phases open, you still can get it if you are in a previous phase.

Will the vaccines end the pandemic?

A safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 will be a major breakthrough in preventing COVID-19 infections but needs to be used in combination with other prevention measures. Vaccine alone will not end the pandemic right away. For this reason, even after a vaccine is available, it will be necessary to continue with the core COVID-19 safety precautions including limiting activities outside the home, physical distancing, and mask wearing for the foreseeable future as we learn more about how long the protection lasts and as more people become protected through vaccination over time.

When can we stop masking and distancing?

Preventive measures such as wearing masks, distancing, limiting gatherings and hand hygiene need to continue until we reach herd immunity. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control, herd immunity is when a population is immune to a disease, from prior illness and/or vaccination, to make spread (outbreaks) unlikely. It is currently not safe or recommended to let herd immunity occur through natural illness spread of COVID-19 due to the burden it would place on our medical system and the overall loss of life that would occur.

Is there different guidance for fully vaccinated individuals?

Another benefit of vaccination, beyond protection from serious illness and hospitalization, are some eased restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated.

The CDC has released new guidance regarding masking, gathering, traveling and quarantining for fully vaccinated individuals.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

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