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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Washington State vaccination is eligible to everyone age 12 and over. Pfizer is authorized for age 12+ and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for age 18+.


Rob Francis Vaccination Testimonial – Radio Personality 610 KONA

Self-proclaimed vaccine skeptic, Rob Francis, discusses his reason for deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine and what to do if you’re on the fence

My Vaccine Reason

Columbia Basin College student Chloe Greer shares why she is vaccinating against COVID-19.

How It Works – Heather Hill, RN, BSN

How to use PrepMod to schedule a vaccine appointment – Spanish

Instrucciones paso a paso para reservar una vacuna COVID-19 en el recinto ferial del condado de Benton.

Dispelling myths about COVID-19 vaccine – Spanish

El personal de BFHD disuade los errores comunes sobre las vacunas COVID-19.

Vax Up Tri-Cities

Vaccination is the best weapon against spread of COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

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Where can I get vaccinated?

BFHD is not currently resourced to provide vaccine to the community from our building. Check the top of this page for clinics we are hosting with community organizations.

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 Locator to locate a provider near you (or check below).

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


Understanding the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program – CDC

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 if I lose my COVID vaccination card?

You do not have to have your card to provide your vaccination status. Your Washington State Immunization Record is your official record for all of your immunizations. Get your record at Washington | MyIR.

  • If you lose or misplace your card and want a new one, you can call your provider to see if they are able to provide a replacement.
  • For lost cards distributed at the Mass Vaccination Site, call the Health District COVID Call Center at 509.460.4358 (509.460.4359 Esp.).
  • If your record is not in MyIR, call 1-800-525-0127 for assistance.

What if my vaccination record is not in MyIR and I want to qualify for an incentive?

Your Washington State Immunization Record is your official record for all of your immunizations. Get your record at Washington | MyIR. If your record is not in MyIR, call 1-800-525-0127 for assistance.

Do you have information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens?

You have questions. We have resources. The new COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens webpage provides about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents aged 12 and older, how to find a vaccination provider for adolescents, and what to expect during and after vaccination.

Check out this fact sheet for parents that explains the benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine for your children, safety information, and what to expect during and after vaccination.

Myths are circulating online and in social circles and here are a couple related to teens we would like to clear up. Female menstrual cycles cannot be affected by being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine nor does it affect current of future fertility. This Q&A explains why.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (CDC)

How do we know vaccines are safe?

+ Vaccine Safety Handout – DOH

+ Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness Webpage with FAQs – DOH

Clinical Trials

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.

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.

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.

When can we stop masking and distancing?

According to CDC guidance, and as adopted by Washington State, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations (i.e. in health care settings, long-term care, medical provider offices, correctional facilities, shelters for those experiencing homelessness, schools, and on public transportation – planes, buses, trains).

***All local and national businesses have the right to require face coverings regardless of vaccination status. Watch for postings at their entrance or contact the business if you are unclear of their requirements. Your employer will tell you their requirements.***

Benton-Franklin Health District is not the authoritative body for mask mandates. 

  • Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Roadmap to Recovery requirements can submit an anonymous complaint here.
  • Businesses with questions about the face covering order or any other Roadmap to Recovery related questions can contact the state’s Business Response Center. If you’re an employer and have questions about the order regarding face coverings for employees, visit the state Department of Labor & Industries common questions page.

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.

Farm and Ag Workers Resources

Resources for Employers to Help Employees Get Vaccinated