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COVID-19

Vaccine update

This page is reviewed weekly and updated as new information becomes available.

Vaccine appointments are currently being booked through an online registration process.    

  1. Register
  2. Watch
    A scheduling invitation will be sent to your email and/or phone via text message. When you register for the vaccine you are essentially getting in line for the vaccine. How fast the line moves depends on vaccine supply and demand.
  3. Schedule
    When it’s your turn, and you receive your invitation, you will have three calendar days to schedule before it expires.

You do not need to be a Vancouver Clinic patient or have a MyChart account to register. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how this process works.

For information on additional ways to access the vaccine and vaccine safety, please visit the Clark County Public Health website.

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.

This webpage remains the best source of accurate information for our patients. Please continue to check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I just use the Vancouver Clinic website or call to directly schedule an appointment for a vaccine?

Our COVID-19 vaccine scheduling process allows us to better serve you by releasing scheduling emails in the order in which you register.  We let you know as soon as we have a shot for you.

I don’t have access to email. Can I still get the vaccine?

If you do not have access to email you will need to call the Clark County Public Health Department for a vaccine. They have call center representatives available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625.

Once I register online, how long will it take before I receive the scheduling email?

When you register for the vaccine you are essentially getting in line for the vaccine. How fast the line moves depends on vaccine supply and demand.

How long will the invitation be valid?

Once we notify you that it is your time to schedule, please use the link within three business days. If you do not, the invitation will expire. If you access the link after the three calendar days you will be put back in line to receive a new invite.

What if the invitation link doesn’t show any appointments that work with my schedule?

If you receive the invitation and the appointments showing on the schedule will not work for you, you can simply let the invitation expire. Then go back to the invitation link and be put back in line for another invitation.

Who can register for the vaccine?

Anyone who is age 12 years or older may register for the vaccine. Please note that at this time patients under 18 will need to schedule at either the Salmon Creek or 87th Avenue location for the Pfizer vaccine. Vancouver Plaza cannot accommodate teenagers at this time.

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.  Vancouver Plaza cannot accommodate teenagers at this time.

Can my 12-15 year old get the vaccine?

Yes, Vancouver Clinic anticipates being able to administer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine to those 12-15 years old starting May 18. You can start the registration process in step 1 above.

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.

Can I get the vaccine if I’ve recently had an injection or given blood?

You should wait 72 hours before getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you have given blood or received a cortisone injection.

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 get vaccinated during my upcoming routine appointment?

There are two ways to receive a vaccine:

  1. Register online.
  2. Request the vaccine during a scheduled appointment with select providers. This method is only open to established patients, or patients establishing with a Vancouver Clinic provider.

We are currently able to offer COVID-19 vaccination at select routine appointments:

  • 87th Avenue: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN & Women’s Health
  • Camas: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Salmon Creek: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN & Women’s Health
  • Ridgefield: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Battle Ground: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN & Women’s Health

We cannot guarantee vaccine availability at the time you schedule your provider office visit and are unable to schedule provider appointments solely for COVID-19 vaccination. If you are scheduled to see your provider in one of the above departments you will not need an additional appointment for the vaccine.

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.

Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from April 13 to April 23, 2021, to investigate extremely rare blood clots (called thrombosis) in individuals who received the vaccine. After reviewing the data, it was determined that the protective benefits of the vaccine outweigh any potential risk.

Learn More: Why Washington state paused the J&J vaccine (PDF)

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 do I cancel my registration if I’m able to get vaccinated somewhere else?

You do not need to take any action. Once you receive notification that it is your turn, your scheduling invite will simply expire within three calendar days and your place in line will then go to someone else who is waiting.

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 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

You can schedule a visit with your PCP or Urgent Care through MyChart, or walk in at any of our Urgent Care locations. For scheduling assistance, please call (360) 882-2778.

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 is asking that you bring only one support person with you to your appointment and only if it is necessary. Please allow extra time for screening at the entrance.

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 will be 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

  • 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.
  • Practice physical distancing:
    • Stay home. Only make essential trips, such as to the grocery store or to seek medical care.
    • Give space and wear a mask. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people when in public.
    • Don’t congregate. Avoid indoor and outdoor gatherings with other people. Don’t invite friends or family members over if they live in a different household. Instead, use technology to meet with them virtually.​

If you feel sick

  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. Whether you have 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. There are currently no antiviral medications and antibiotics are not useful for treating viral infections such as Coronavirus.
  • 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 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Resources

This is a rapidly changing situation. 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