COVID-19 Vaccine

What do we know about COVID-19 vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized. Fighting the pandemic has been hard, but we now have two vaccines to protect us from COVID-19. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated for more information visit Vaccinate WA. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Both vaccines are provided at no cost

  • The federal government will cover the cost of your vaccine. Providers may charge you a fee to give the vaccine, but health insurance will likely cover it. Providers will waive the fee if you can’t afford it.
  • You will need to get two doses of the vaccine, three to four weeks apart.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective

  • Both vaccines are 94 to 95 percent effective.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the vaccines for emergency use and found no serious safety concerns. Independent experts confirmed it met high safety and efficacy standards.

People at highest risk will get the COVID-19 vaccine first

  • The state does not currently have enough vaccines for everyone. As a result, the department of Health had to make choices bout who will get the vaccine first. The first doses will go to high-risk workers in the healthcare settings and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Everyone will be able to get vaccinated when there is enough doses.
  • After receiving the vaccine there may be some side affects. Like other routine vaccines, you may get a sore arm, fever, headaches, or fatigue after getting vaccinated. Theses are signs the vaccine is working.

A Phased Approach to Vaccine Allocation for COVID-19

This graphic represents the Washington State plan to distribute the vaccine. There may be more clarification.

Phase 1a is only individuals who have regular contact with people ill with COVID-19 such as paramedics, respiratory technicians, doctors and nurses in acute care areas.

Phase 1b allows an individual who has any of the conditions that create significant risk, to move ahead of the line. Those conditions are currently listed as:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Coronary obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Also included here are older adults who may be in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, adult family homes and the like

Phase 2: Most people who are considered essential workers

Phase 3: This is where healthy young adult and teenagers over 16 get vaccinated. If the vaccine is not yet approved for children but Moderna began testing in youth 12-17 in December.

Phase 4: Anyone who has not already been vaccinated in one of the prior phases.

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