COVID-19 Vaccination Update
- We now have limited daily access (M-F) for both the COVID-19 vaccine at each of our medical sites. Please call and make an appointment at a location near you.
- CVCH no longer offers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. At this time, we have the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines.
Good news! CVCH has enough safety measures in place to welcome visitors back into clinic visits. While it is still safest to leave unvaccinated people at home, if you want or need to bring family or helpers to the clinic for your visit, please make sure everyone is masked and no one has symptoms of COVID-19. Please use our in-car check in when possible, and please wait outside the building whenever possible. We may need to limit visitors in certain types of visits, and will let you know that before your visit. We know that these precautions can be a bummer, but getting vaccinated and following these precautions will help us get things back to normal as soon as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Click here to visit the DOH website for FAQs and more information.
About the Covid-19 Vaccines:
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: Is a two-dose vaccine, given 21 days apart. Clinical trial data show the vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 illness. Individuals will not be considered fully protected until one to two weeks after they receive the second dose. The FDA expert panel reviewing the data for this vaccine determined the benefit of the vaccine outweighs the known risk and this has been authorized for use in the United States.
The Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine: Is a one-dose vaccine. Clinical trial data show the vaccine is 66.3 percent effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 illness. The FDA expert panel reviewing the data for this vaccine determined the benefit of the vaccine outweighs the known risk and this has been authorized for use in the United States.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses, and no serious safety concerns were found. (No longer offered at CVCH)
Washington State COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) required all states and territories to turn in an interim plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Oct. 16, 2020. These plans are living documents and will change over time as we learn more about the vaccines and figure out the most equitable way to protect people. Washington State's Plan
Read the latest COVID-19 vaccination FAQs from the CDC
Please read below for more information. If you have questions, please email us at response@CVCH.com.
Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Can a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?
No. The approved COVID-19 vaccines currently in the U.S. don't use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, it's possible that you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after being vaccinated.
What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?
- COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends and others around you.
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an immune response in your body without your having to become sick with COVID-19.
- A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19. Or, if you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications.
- Getting vaccinated also might help protect people around you from COVID-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
How does the vaccine work?
The Washington State Department of Health has a minute-long video explaining how the vaccine works in your body.
What is the cost for the vaccine?
The vaccine is free for you. CVCH charges a $22 fee per person to administer the first dose, and $30 to give the second dose. However, health insurance companies are covering this fee.
If you have insurance, please bring your card with you.
If you do not have insurance, please let us know and our business office can secure coverage for you.
What are the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects are a sore arm, tiredness, headache, and muscle pain. These symptoms are a sign that the vaccine is prompting an immune response. Data from clinical trials showed the following:
- Ninety percent of people reported pain at the injection site
- Seventy percent of people reported tiredness and headache
- Sixty percent of people reported muscle pain
For most people, these side effects occurred within two days of getting the vaccine and lasted about a day. Side effects were more common after the second dose than the first dose.
I’ve had COVID-19. Can I get the vaccine?
Yes, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends anyone who previously had COVID-19 to get the vaccine.
People who were recently infected with COVID-19 can choose to wait 90 days after their illness before getting vaccinated. Data suggests that it may be uncommon to get re-infected with COVID-19 in the 90 days after infection.
People who currently have COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until they feel better and their isolation period is finished, if possible.
People who were recently exposed to COVID-19 should also wait to get the vaccine until after their quarantine period, if they can safely quarantine away from other people. If there is a high risk they could infect others, they may be vaccinated during their quarantine period to prevent spreading the disease.
Is there anyone who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccination also might not be recommended for people with certain health conditions. While the vaccine is considered safe even in patients with immunocompromise, we don’t yet know how effective it will be in this group.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine when I get routine vaccinations?
There is limited data on whether it is safe and effective to get either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine with other vaccines. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine should be given alone, at least 14 days (2 weeks) before or after you get any other type of vaccine.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I've had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past?
The vaccine should not be given to people with a known history of a severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis to any component of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine or injectable therapy (intramuscular, intravenous, or subcutaneous) may have a higher likelihood of reaction. This is not a contraindication to receiving the vaccine. They may receive the vaccine but should be observed for a minimum of 30 minutes following administration.
Why was the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine paused?
CDC and FDA have recommended that use of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. A review of all available data at this time shows that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks for those recommended to receive it. However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare but increased risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen.
The pause allowed CDC to communicate with healthcare providers and re-emphasize the importance of reporting severe events in people who have received this vaccine, as well as how to report such events. The pause also gave experts time to carefully review all available data and conduct a risk-benefit analysis around the use of this vaccine.