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COVID-19

Vaccine update

Updated December 2, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11

Washington state’s supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is limited, though more is expected soon. Currently, we have several options for receiving the vaccine:

  • Ask for the vaccine during any primary care appointment at our Salmon Creek, 87th Avenue, Columbia Tech Center, or Battle Ground locations. (Available in Urgent Care, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine.) By appointment only.
  • Sign up for an appointment at our Salmon Creek vaccine clinic. Vancouver Clinic patients can reserve a spot through their MyChart. Individuals may also call our Patient Service Center at 360-882-2778 to make a vaccine clinic appointment.
  • Call our Patient Service Center at 360-882-2778 and ask to be put on our waitlist. We’ll call individuals on the list if there are unused doses at the end of the day.
  • Go to Vaccinate WA to locate the first available dose through local pharmacies.

For more information about the vaccine, please visit the Clark County Public Health website.

We are updating this webpage regularly with the latest information on vaccine availability.

Booster dose availability

Patients age 18+ have several options for receiving a COVID-19 booster dose:

  • Ask for a booster during any regularly scheduled primary care visit in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or OBGYN & Women’s Health. Available at our Battle Ground, Salmon Creek, 87th Avenue, and Columbia Tech Center locations. Patients at other locations will be scheduled for a booster shot at the Salmon Creek vaccine clinic.
  • Ask for a booster at any specialty care appointment. A patient service representative will help schedule the individual into the Salmon Creek vaccine clinic.
  • Sign up for an appointment at our Salmon Creek vaccine clinic. Vancouver Clinic patients can reserve a spot through their MyChart account.
  • Go to Vaccinate WA to locate the first available dose through local pharmacies.

Due to already high call volumes, please do not call the clinic about booster doses. 

Vancouver Clinic is offering the Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer (Comirnaty) brands as booster doses. Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) is not available at the clinic.

Booster dose 

COVID-19 booster doses have been authorized by the FDA and CDC for individuals who have completed their first Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine series.

Patients who completed the Pfizer or Moderna series are eligible to receive a booster six months after their second dose. Patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible to receive a booster two months after receiving the single dose.

Under the new guidelines, patients may receive any one of the three approved vaccines for their booster dose. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson can be used interchangeably as boosters and do not need to match the patient’s first vaccine series.

Click here for more information from the CDC.  

First and second dose availability

COVID-19 first and second dose vaccination is available through your primary care provider in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN & Women’s Health. Make an appointment with your provider through MyChart and indicate that you want the vaccine during your visit. If you see your provider at our Washougal, Camas, Evergreen Place, Vancouver Plaza or Ridgefield clinics, a staff member will follow up and schedule vaccination at a location that keeps doses onsite.

If you do not have a primary care provider at Vancouver Clinic, call 360-882-2778 to get established and receive the shot.

For those patients with health insurance, Vancouver Clinic will bill vaccine administration to your insurance company. If your insurance does not pay, or you do not have insurance, you will NOT be responsible for any cost associated with the vaccine.

Vancouver Clinic maintains this webpage as the best source of accurate information for our patients. Please continue to check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be worried about the Omicron variant?

Experts around the world are working quickly to understand the risks posed by Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant discovered in late November. The World Health Organization has classified Omicron as a “variant of concern” because its high number of mutations may affect how it behaves. Variants of concern may be more transmissible, more likely to evade vaccines, and more likely to cause severe symptoms or worse outcomes. At this time, it is unclear if Omicron is more transmissible or causes more severe disease compared with other variants.

Doctors do know that any variant can cause severe illness or death, particularly in vulnerable people. We encourage all adults age 18+ to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series along with any booster doses. Children ages 5 to 17 should also be vaccinated. Prevention is the best tool available.

Who is considered immunocompromised?

A medical condition or immunosuppressive medications or treatments can classify a patient as immunocompromised. Conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

Talk to your doctor if you have concerns or questions about the health of your immune system.

Do teenagers need a parent or guardian’s consent to receive the vaccine?

Yes, anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to provide consent. The parent or legal guardian must remain at the clinic while the shot is being administered. Please note that at this time patients under 18 can only schedule at either the Salmon Creek or 87th Avenue location for the Pfizer vaccine.

Do I have to wait and be observed after the shot?

Yes, the CDC recommends that all individuals who receive the vaccine be observed for 15–30 minutes afterward. The exact time depends on your health history. When you sign the consent to receive the vaccine, you also agree to the waiting period. While reactions are extremely rare, it’s important that a medical professional verify that your body is handling the shot well. Staying for the waiting period also enables us to log your shot in your medical record and schedule a second dose. Please note that the waiting period is required after both doses.

Should I eat before getting the vaccine?

It’s particularly important for individuals who are diabetic to eat normally and monitor their blood sugar. Receiving any shot while blood sugars are out of bounds increases the risk of complications. To help ensure a smooth experience, patients who are not diabetic should also make time for healthy meals and snacks.

Can I pick which vaccine I prefer?

We provide the first dose of whichever one we are able to source at the appointment time. All of the approved vaccines being used in the United States are highly effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalization related to COVID-19. During primary care visits, the vaccine brand offered will vary based on availability, the site, and the age of the patient.

Do I need to worry about myocarditis?

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a warning to the Pfizer and Moderna patient fact sheets. These COVID-19 vaccines carry a very low risk of myocarditis and pericarditis, which cause inflammation of the heart or the tissue surrounding the heart. Cases usually occur in patients under 30 following the second dose. The CDC continues to recommend full COVID-19 vaccination as the benefits outweigh the risk of COVID-19 infection and its complications (hospitalization, severe illness, long-term health problems, and death). According to the CDC, “most patients with myocarditis and pericarditis who received care responded well to treatment and rest and quickly felt better.”

If I don’t have health insurance do I have to pay for the vaccine?

For those with health insurance, Vancouver Clinic will bill vaccine administration to your insurance company. If your insurance does not pay, or you do not have insurance, you will NOT be responsible for any cost associated with the vaccine.

After I get my first shot, if a second shot is needed how do I schedule that appointment?

If you receive a vaccine that requires a second dose, you will be scheduled for your second dose when your first dose is administered.

How can I get a new COVID-19 vaccination card if mine is lost?

Washington state allows you to safely access your official vaccination record online through the MyIR website or MyIR mobile app. Once registered, you can access proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as childhood immunization information, for you and your children. Alternately, you may request a printed version of your immunization record from your provider’s office.

To access and share proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test with increased privacy, consider using MyChart. MyChart helps patients generate a personal QR code to keep on their smart device. Learn how at www.mychart.com/covid.

Virtual Respiratory Clinic

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to try our Virtual Respiratory Clinic. Call the nurse advice line at 360-882-2778, option 2. A nurse will evaluate your needs and may schedule a video visit with a provider, allowing you to receive expert advice at home. From there, you’ll have access to drive-up COVID-19 testing and infusion antibody treatments, if recommended.

Testing information

COVID-19 testing is performed at all Vancouver Clinic locations. Results are available within 24-48 hours. Vancouver Clinic uses a PCR method for testing. This is considered the gold standard for accurate diagnostics.

Please note that tests for COVID-19 are currently ordered at the discretion of a health care provider. An order can be placed by your primary care provider (PCP) or though Urgent Care during business hours. Urgent Care is available to see you seven days per week:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday–Friday)
  • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment only (Monday–Friday)
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends/Holidays

You can schedule a visit with your PCP or Urgent Care through MyChart, or walk in at any of our Urgent Care locations.

Travel screening requirements can vary by state and country. We suggest checking with your airline or final destination to see if Vancouver Clinic testing will meet your needs. Travelers to Hawaii should make other testing plans.

Many insurance companies are waiving the co-payment for COVID-19 testing. The COVID-19 test will bill to insurance at $139, plus a collection fee or office visit charge. Based on symptoms, in addition to COVID-19 testing, additional tests or services may also be ordered by the provider seeing you. You should contact your insurer to confirm the test will meet coverage criteria before scheduling a test.

Visitor & Mask Policy

Visitors

For the safety of patients, visitors, and staff, Vancouver Clinic asks that you bring only one support person with you to your appointment and only if it is necessary.

A support person must be in good health (no fever, sneezing, coughing, or runny nose), and be at least 16 years or older.

Infants under 6 months of age are permitted two adult support people.

Masks

Vancouver Clinic requires masks regardless of COVID-19 immunization status. This rule is consistent with CDC, state, and local guidelines for health care settings.

We will provide a medical grade mask when you enter the clinic. This is for your safety and the health of our care team, other patients, and our community. If you are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, a video visit should be considered as an alternative. Patients who receive a provider mask exemption will be asked to wear a face shield and scheduled as the last patient of the day if a video visit is not an option. Anyone who needs lab or imaging services and who is unable to wear a mask will need to wear a face shield and come near clinic closing

Overview

Information about COVID-19

People with COVID-19 experience a wide range of symptoms and may be mildly sick to severely ill.

Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. COVID-19 testing is available through a provider order at Vancouver Clinic.

How to protect yourself

  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Follow public health guidelines.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay home and away from others when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you feel sick

  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. Whether you have the seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important you stay away from others when sick.
  • Monitor yourself for fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. For mild-to-moderate symptoms, use home monitoring and care. Antiviral medications are prescribed to hospitalized patients only, and antibiotics are not useful for treating viral infections.
  • If you need to seek care, schedule a visit with your primary care provider or Urgent Care through MyChart. For scheduling assistance or to speak with an advice nurse, please call (360) 882-2778.
  • If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Resources

The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is updated frequently.

Washington State Department of Health:
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Clark County Public Health:
https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus

Resources for the Homebound:
Download a list of local resources