We wanted to update you on the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, we are not scheduling patients for the COVID-19 vaccine or taking names for a waiting list, but we are looking forward to having the ability to offer the vaccine to the public as soon as it is available.
Currently vaccines are limited and have been administered to health care workers and first responders. CVCH continues to work with local, federal and state partners to finalize our vaccination plan, in alignment with parameters outlined by the Department of Health.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will be making regular updates at www.cvch.org. It will take a while for everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine, so keep wearing your masks, washing your hands often, and physically distancing. It is our privilege to care for you and we are excited about this vaccine and the hope it brings to our community.
What we know:
• Washington State Department of Health recently released a vaccine availability timeline. Click here to review.
• We are currently in Phase 1A. This phase is for healthcare workers at higher risk of infection and residents of long-term care facilities.
• Phase B1 should begin in mid-January but are waiting for final information from the Department of Health. This is dependent on vaccine supply.
• Find out which phase you are in by clicking here.
• Phase B has four tiers. Tier B1 includes all people 70 years and older and people 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households.
• Two COVID-19 vaccines have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization and approval from the Western States Scientific Review Group. One vaccine was developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and the other by Moderna.
• Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are equally safe and effective.
• There are many benefits of getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and doing so will help end the pandemic.
• We still need to wear masks, practice physical distancing and wash our hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
What we don't know yet:
• When we will be able to provide vaccines for all patients.
• How many vaccines will be approved and made available to us.
Stay in the know:
Click here to visit the DOH website for FAQs and more information.
Dr. Malcolm Butler
Chief Medical Officer
Columbia Valley Community Health
Chief Operating Officer
Columbia Valley Community Health
The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Washington State. Here’s what you need to know.
• The Vaccine is SAFE and EFFECTIVE. It has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and independent experts from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.
• People at the highest risk will get the vaccine first. This means high-risk healthcare workers and first responders that have day-to-day, face-to-face contact with COVID-19 positive patients and High-risk patients and staff who live and work in long-term care facilities.
• Vaccine is still limited and will roll out to the rest of the general population over the coming months. Prioritization of future phases is occurring at the state level and we are committed to sharing more information as soon as it becomes available. At this time, patients cannot request the vaccine or be added to a waitlist.
• The vaccine comes in two doses. When a vaccine does arrive, patients will be required to get two shots a few weeks apart.
• You may have mild SHORT-TERM side effects. Like with other routine vaccinations, some people may experience a sore arm, fever, headaches and fatigue after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WHILE YOU WAIT.
It will take a while for everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine, so keep wearing your masks, washing your hands often and physical distancing, so PLEASE limiting gatherings!
To learn more, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/
To protect you, our other patients, and our staff, CVCH is working to minimize the number of people who enter our facilities. For that reason, we are limiting the number of guests who may accompany a patient into our facilities. Patients with appointments may bring one guest with them. If you need to bring more people with you to assist you during your visit, please call and discuss these needs with your care team prior to your visit.
1. No guests who are sick, have a fever or cough, or a confirmed case of COVID-19 may accompany a patient.
2. Everyone who enters our facilities is expected to wear a mask and wash their hands as they enter.
These restrictions are being put in place for the safety of our patients, staff and community. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of Breath
I think I may be feeling symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection. What do I do?
To ensure the health and safety of yourself as well as your community, if you are exhibiting symptoms you feel may be consistent with COVID-19, we ask you DO NOT show up at your place of health care unannounced. Instead, please call (509-662-6000) so we may ask you a few questions that will best determine your course of care.
If you are exhibiting symptoms that you feel require emergent medical attention, please call 9-1-1.
How do I protect myself and my family?
For current information about COVID-19 and recommendations for keeping yourself and your family healthy, we recommend these resources:
If you have overseas travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC travel site for additional information.
Our Contact Center is a service available any time of day and night. Our consulting nurse service provides home care information and can help determine if urgent care or emergency care are necessary. Call (509)662-6000 with specific questions about COVID-19.
Who is most at risk for being significantly impacted by COVID-19?
Those with existing health conditions or compromised immunity should take extra precautions to remain vigilant of symptoms and take preventive measures.
For your protection and safety, please continue to follow everyday best practices to help prevent and slow the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% isopropyl alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are coughing/sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
I have an appointment or services scheduled at CVCH. Should I cancel it?
At this time, appointments will continue as scheduled. Should there be any changes to your appointment or a different recommendation from your physician, we will notify you as soon as possible.
What is CVCH doing to ensure patients and visitors are safe?
CVCH’s emergency response team and infection preventionist continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation worldwide and at home. Our focus, always, is on illness prevention, and that remains at the core of our response to this and all health risks.
- Throughout CVCH we continue to screen patients for COVID-19 as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. We will also continue to observe all Infection Control protocols in order to keep our staff, physicians and patients safe.
- Screenings are happening across the organization at all locations (hospitals and clinics).
- Whenever possible, we begin the screening process on the telephone before a patient visits one of our facilities. And when patients do visit us, we ask those with a cough or respiratory symptoms to don a mask immediately upon arriving.