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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Fighting the pandemic has been hard, but now we have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19, and all Washington residents ages 12 and older are eligible.

We are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations for our patients during regularly scheduled appointments. This includes the two-shot Pfizer vaccine approved for ages 12 and older, and the two-shot Moderna and one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines approved for ages 18 and older. Vaccinations are also available at many local pharmacies. Please visit vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to find a location near you.

Please note, masks are still required at our clinics. NOHN patients and visitors are asked to bring and wear their own face masks. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the COVID-19 vaccine do?
A: The COVID-19 vaccination protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die. The COVID-19 vaccine has not been proven to prevent you from spreading COVID, which is why it is important that we vaccinate as many people as possible.

Q: The COVID-19 vaccine was developed more quickly than regular vaccines. What does this mean for the safety of the vaccine?
A: The part of the COVID-19 vaccine development process that was accelerated was largely the paperwork phase. The testing phase was as rigorous as all vaccine testing and over 75,000 people received the vaccine in clinical trials. COVID-19 vaccines have passed all safety and effectiveness requirements.

Q: Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
A: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Q: After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
A: No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Q: If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

Q: Will I be charged for the vaccine?
A: No. You should not be charged out-of-pocket costs, or receive a bill from your provider or from the vaccination facility. This applies to people who have private insurance, have Apple Health (Medicaid), have Medicare, or are uninsured.

Q: Do I need to share my immigration status to get a COVID vaccine?
A: No. North Olympic Healthcare Network will not ask for that information.

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