Coronavirus / COVID Updates

Woman and Child in Masks

Masking

Please note that masks are required at our clinics and at all healthcare facilities throughout Washington State, even when optional in other indoor settings. Patients and visitors are asked to bring and wear their own masks. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Testing

NOHN provides COVID-19 testing to NOHN patients who have COVID-like symptoms or have had an exposure to COVID-19. Please note, NOHN does not have the capacity to do pre-travel COVID testing. You may also order free at-home test kits at www.sayyescovidhometest.org.

IMPORTANT: If you take a COVID-19 at-home test and the result is POSITIVE, the Clallam County Health Department is asking you to report that information to them so that they may keep an accurate county case rate. Please use the link below to enter in your positive testing information.

www.clallam.net/covidreporting

Vaccinations

NOHN offers COVID-19 vaccinations for our patients. This includes:

  • Two-shot Pfizer – patients aged 5 years and older
  • Two-shot Moderna – patients aged 18 years and older
  • One-shot Johnson & Johnson – patients aged 18 and older

While 2nd boosters are safe and authorized for anyone over 50 to receive, they have not yet been shown to be necessary or recommended. Interested patients may get their 2nd booster 4 months after their 1st booster during a scheduled appointment at NOHN or with any pharmacy. Visit vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov for a location near you.

Please see below for some common questions and answers about the vaccine. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant, please visit www.onevaxtwolives.com, an online resource from UW Medicine with answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine. 

Q: What’s the difference between a 3rd dose and a Booster dose of the COVID vaccine?

  1. 3rd doses are recommended for immunocompromised patients who may not have had an adequate initial response to their first 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna. Please talk to your care team about the qualifying criteria.

    Booster doses are for patients who had an adequate initial response to the vaccine but need another dose to “boost” their immunity that may have diminished.
    • The Pfizer booster is now approved for ages 12 and older.
    • Patients 18 and older can get a Pfizer or Moderna booster.

Q: What does the COVID-19 vaccine do?

  1. The COVID-19 vaccination 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

Q: Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

  1. 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: If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

  1. 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: Do I need to share my immigration status to get a COVID vaccine?

  1. No. North Olympic Healthcare Network will not ask for that information.


More Information: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)


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