COVID-19 Vaccine

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Cowlitz County is in Phase 1A (Tiers A1 & A2) and Phase 1B (Tier B1) of COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Vaccine Supply is EXTREMELY LIMITED - Please be patient with providers as they await allocations from the state
People who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1A (Tiers A1 & A2) and Phase 1B (Tier B1) should contact their 
healthcare provider to schedule an appointment. If you are a PeaceHealth patient, please do not call PeaceHealth to schedule 
an appointment. PeaceHealth will reach out to eligible patients when vaccine doses become available. Kaiser Permanente members  
should contact Kaiser Permanente to be vaccinated. Those who are eligible and do not have a healthcare provider 
should call CCHHS at (360) 414-5599, ext. 6425 for assistance with getting vaccinated. 

Due to limited supply, CCHHS cannot guarantee how soon people will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine.


1-20-21 Infographic Opens in new windowUpdated 1/20/2021

Providers in Cowlitz County are continuing to vaccinate people who are eligible in 
Phase 1A (Tier A1 and Tier A2). That phase includes people who work in health care settings, high-risk first responders and people who live or work in long-term care facilities. 
 
Providers are also beginning to vaccinate those who are eligible in Phase 1B (Tier B1), which consists of people who are age 65 or older AND people age 50 or older and who live in multigenerational households. There are two categories of people who are eligible under the “multigenerational household” definition:

  • People who are 50 or older AND are not able to live independently AND  are either:
    • Receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver OR
    • Are living with someone who works outside the home
  • People who are age 50 or older AND are living with and caring for a grandchild

No one younger than age 50 is eligible in Phase 1B, Tier B1 and no one age 50 or older who is caring for a partner, friend or child is eligible.

Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania counties are continuing to plan for community vaccination sites across the Southwest Washington region.

With support from the state, the three-county region submitted a request for a Type 1 incident management team to help plan and manage the operation of community vaccination sites. FEMA approved the request to deploy one of 16 national Type 1 incident management teams to Southwest Washington.

Details about the vaccination sites, including locations and opening dates, are not yet available. Updates will be provided in the coming days.

Check Your Status
The public now has access to an online tool called “Phase Finder” to assess their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit www.FindYourPhaseWA.org and fill out the questionnaire.

People who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination will get a confirmation. Those who are not eligible for the vaccine yet can sign up to get an email or text alert when they are.

 

  • For answers to COVID-19 vaccine FAQs, informational videos, distribution updates and additional guidance from the state DOH, click here.  
  • For answers to COVID-19 vaccine FAQs about safety, development and planning from the CDC, click here.

Have questions? Email covid.vaccine@doh.wa.gov or call the state DOH COVID-19 Assistance Hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

Cowlitz County COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

  Q: When can I get vaccinated?
  A: Providers in Cowlitz County are continuing to vaccinate people who are eligible in Phase 1A (Tier A1 and Tier A2). That phase includes people who work in health care settings, high-risk first responders and people who live or work in long-term care facilities. Providers are also beginning to vaccinate those who are eligible in Phase 1B (Tier B1), which consists of people who are age 65 or older AND people age 50 or older and who live in multigenerational households.

Not everyone who is eligible will be able to get vaccinated right away due to limited supply and provider capacity.
  Q: How will I know when I can get vaccinated?
  A: The public now has access to an online tool called “Phase Finder” to assess their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit www.FindYourPhaseWA.org and fill out the questionnaire. People who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination will get a confirmation. Those who are not eligible for the vaccine yet can sign up to get an email or text alert when they are. 
  Q: Who can provide vaccinations?
  A: Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies are required to enroll in the federal COVID-19 Vaccination Program to administer the vaccine. The state DOH is responsible for coordinating the enrollment process for providers.  As of 1/5, 477 facilities across the state had enrolled to provide vaccine. For COVID-19 vaccine information for health care providers, click here.
  Q: Where can I get vaccinated?
  A: Once the vaccine is available to the general public, it will be given out by enrolled pharmacies and health care providers. More details about vaccination locations will be provided at a later date.
  Q: What COVID-19 vaccines are available?
  A: Two vaccines were authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). They include the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Both vaccines passed independent review by medical experts in the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. To learn more about the vaccines, click here.
  Q: How many doses of vaccine do I need?
  A: All vaccine recipients must receive two doses of vaccine from the same manufacturer for maximum protection against COVID-19.
  Q: Are there side effects?
  A: The side effects are similar to other vaccines. Patients have reported pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, chills and headache. Most side effects resolve within 1-2 days. Severe allergic reactions have very rarely been reported in patients and usually happen to people with a history of severe allergic reactions. 
  Q: How can I volunteer to help?
  Cowlitz County Health and Human Services partners with Region IV Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for volunteers during public health emergencies. Information on how to volunteer for the Regional Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) can be found on this Clark County Public Health webpage. Information on how to volunteer through the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) can be found on this webpage.
 
Q: Do I still need to wear a mask and physically distance if I get vaccinated?
  A: Yes. The CDC recommends that everyone continue to use all the tools available to slow the spread of COVID-19 while experts learn more about the protection vaccines provide under real-life conditions. This includes wearing a face mask, physically distancing and frequently washing your hands.