THE COVID-19 VACCINE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Two COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective by the FDA and are now in distribution across the state — and a third from Johnson & Johnson was approved, and arriving this month. Because the vaccines are still in short supply, the Washington State Department of Health has created a phased approach, with people who are at the highest risk of serious health complications being offered the vaccine first.
Eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone who wants it, but right now both vaccine supply and appointments are limited. This will improve as providers receive more doses and high-volume vaccine sites open.
When to get it
As of January 18, 2021, Washington State Department of Health has opened vaccine distribution through Phase 1-Tier B1. Click here to see the chart of phases and estimated timeline.
To find out when you are eligible you can use the State’s PhaseFinder tool. If you are not currently eligible you can enter your information to be alerted when it is your turn.
Where to get it
Whether you are a PPO Plan participant or a Kaiser Permanente Plan participant, the first thing you will want to do is complete the State’s PhaseFinder tool. When you are eligible, you will be able to print a copy of the confirmation page to share with your vaccine provider as proof of eligibility.
Both PPO and Kaiser Plan Participants can visit www.soundhealthwellness.com/vaccine to get the latest information on when and where to go to get you and your family vaccinated. We will work to keep this page updated as new information becomes available!
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases, and for more than two centuries vaccines have saved countless lives. The first vaccine was created in 1796 for Smallpox, but evidence shows that inoculation methods date back hundreds of years before then. The COVID-19 vaccine is the 29th vaccine approved for use in the United States. Others include Anthrax, Polio, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Influenza, Pertussis, Rabies, HPV, Shingles and more.
How do they work?
Vaccines work by teaching your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. Once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.
Are they safe?
All vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced to the public — and are constantly monitored for side effects after being released. The most common side effects are mild, such as soreness at the injection site or feeling run down for a few days. More serious side effects are very rare.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccines can lower your chance of getting and spreading certain diseases, and because it is impossible to predict who will become seriously ill, getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself and those you love. Vaccines can even lower your risk for some forms of cancer.
Be sure to talk to your health care provider about what vaccines you should receive based on your health or other conditions.