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COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re unsure if you’re eligible, please visit the state Department of Health’s Phase Finder website https://form.findyourphasewa.org. If you’re not yet eligible, you can sign up to receive a notification when you are eligible.  If Phase Finder states you are eligible, please print these results and return them with your pre-vaccine scheduling paperwork.  We will use the results of this form to determine whether or not we can schedule your vaccine appointment yet.

Are you currently a patient of Creekside Medical? If so, please download these forms:

Please complete and return the CDC Vaccine Questionnaire via email (), fax (360-816-1327), mail, or in person in our office.   If you are less than 65 years of age, please also include your saved Phase Finder results indicating your current eligibility. Once these forms have been received, someone from our office will reach out to you with the next steps for scheduling. 

If you are NOT currently a patient of Creekside Medical, please download these forms:

Please complete and return the CDC Vaccine Questionnaire and Benefits Form via email (), fax (360-816-1327), mail, or in person in our office. If you are less than 65 years of age, please also include your saved Phase Finder results indicating your current eligibility. Once these forms have been received, someone from our office will reach out to you with the next steps for scheduling.

The most detailed and up to date information can be found here: 

https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-vaccine

Those included in Phase 1a and Phase 1b Tier 1 (B1) are now eligible to be vaccinated 

There are several websites people can visit to seek vaccination appointments. However, vaccine supply is very limited across the state. Appointments may be limited or unavailable. Options include:

Washington Department of Health’s Vaccine Locations website. This site lists pharmacies and other health care facilities with vaccine (by county) and includes links to additional information and appointment systems.

Clark County Fairgrounds vaccination site

The Washington State Department of Health is operating a vaccination site at the Clark County Fairgrounds. The site will open Tuesday, Jan. 26 and operate 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday. Vaccine will be administered by appointment only. The state Department of Health estimates vaccinating up to 500 people per day, with capacity increasing in the coming weeks as vaccine supply increases.

Public Health recommends those who are eligible to be vaccinated and are awaiting a referral from Public Health also seek an appointment at the fairgrounds vaccination site.

Schedule an appointment on the Albertsons/Safeway website or call 1.800.525.0127, then press #. If you can’t get through, please call the state’s alternate number, 888.856.5816. 

The most current information can be found here: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-vaccine

Those in Phase 1a and Phase 1b Tier 1 are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Phase 1a

  • Tier 1:
    • high-risk workers in health care settings
    • high-risk first responders
    • patients and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Tier 2 (after completion of Tier 1):
    • all workers in health care settings

Phase 1b

  • Tier 1:
    • All people 65 years and older
    • People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households

      There are two categories of people who are eligible under the “multigenerational household” definition:

      1. People who are 50 and 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
      1. People who are 50 and older AND are living with and caring for a grandchild.

        No one younger than 50 years is eligible, and no one 50 and older who is caring for a partner, friend or child is eligible.

Creekside initially will be administering the Moderna vaccine.

Yes! Creekside is committed to vaccinating our entire community, whether or not you are our patient. 

However, please be aware that getting a COVID-19 vaccine at Creekside, does not establish a doctor-patient relationship and does not make you a patient of Creekside Medical.  You’ll need to speak to your own physician/primary care provider or seek care at an urgency care if you have any problems or concerns with the vaccine.

The CDC currently advises that you should not be vaccinated if you have an allergy to any of the components of the vaccine (See the ingredient list FAQ below).  If you have had a severe or immediate allergic reaction of any severity within 4 hours after getting the first COVID-19 shot, you should not get the second shot.

The CDC and FDA on Friday Jan 22nd published anaphylaxis data for Moderna’s vaccine in MMWR. Of more than 4 million first doses administered between late December and early January, 10 cases of anaphylaxis were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. This translates to 2.5 cases per million doses. All but one case occurred within 15 minutes of vaccination. None of the patients died. For comparison, early data suggested an anaphylaxis rate of 11.1 per million doses with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — a rate that a CDC official characterized as “exceedingly rare.”

If you indicate a history of a serious allergic reaction on your CDC Vaccine Questionnaire, you may be asked to schedule a televisit with your physician/PCP prior to scheduling your vaccine.  You may also be asked to wait for 30 minutes after your vaccine to be observed for any reactions to the vaccine.

The most accurate and current information regarding allergies and the COVID-19 vaccine can be found from the CDC and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/allergic-reaction.html
https://acaai.org/news/acaai-provides-further-guidance-risk-allergic-reactions-mrna-covid-19-vaccines

If you are receiving the mRNA COVID vaccine, you should expect local (e.g., pain, swelling, skin rash at the injection site, some swelling of the lymph nodes on the same side as the vaccinated arm) and systemic (e.g., fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, joint pain, or inflammation) post-vaccination symptoms. These are expected side effects, not allergic reactions. They usually resolve within a few days.  (source: https://acaai.org/news/acaai-provides-further-guidance-risk-allergic-reactions-mrna-covid-19-vaccines).

Because COVID vaccines have not yet been well studied in pregnant or breast feeding women, the decision is a personal one.  Below are some sources and information that may help you in your decision-making.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Task force states the following: Patients undergoing fertility treatment and pregnant patients should be encouraged to receive vaccination based on eligibility criteria. Since the vaccine is not a live virus, there is no reason to delay pregnancy attempts because of vaccination administration or to defer treatment until the second dose has been administered. Because COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are not composed of live virus, they are not thought to cause an increased risk of infertility, first or second trimester loss, stillbirth, or congenital anomalies.

The full statement can be found here: https://www.asrm.org/globalassets/asrm/asrm-content/news-and-publications/covid-19/covidtaskforceupdate11.pdf

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states that  COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups and that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP. Their full position statement can be found here: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/12/vaccinating-pregnant-and-lactating-patients-against-covid-19

The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine can be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.smfm.org/media/2591/SMFM_Vaccine_Statement_12-1-20_(final).pdf

The CDC recommendations can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html

The Moderna vaccine does not contain eggs, preservatives or Latex. (source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html).

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose. (source: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download)

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized for people as young as age 16 and is the only one authorized for any youths. Pfizer recently announced that its trial in adolescents ages 12-15 is fully enrolled and it could seek authorization in the first half of this year.

Moderna’s vaccine has been authorized down to age 18, and it is enrolling adolescents ages 12-17 in trials. Janssen is expected to seek emergency use authorization of its vaccine for adults in the next several weeks and could start trials in adolescents about four to six weeks later. AstraZeneca’s Phase 3 trial in U.S. adults is ongoing, and it could start trials in adolescents early this year.

Over the next several months, all four companies are expected to work on planning for trials in younger children, which may involve testing vaccines at lower doses than for adults.

More information and the complete American Academy of Pediatrics article can be found here: https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/01/27/acip-covid-vaccine-pediatric-trials-012721