COVID-19 Vaccine Update

AUGUST 8TH UPDATE:

COVID-19 DELTA VARIANT

Due to rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19 in Washington state driven by the Delta variant, Region 7 public health officers are recommending a change to masking practices:

All residents are advised towear a mask in indoor public places and practicephysical distancing whenever possible.

Health Officers also advise that everyone:

  • Increase hygiene measures (handwashing & disinfecting common surfaces)
  • Get tested if you develop any potential covid-19 symptoms and isolate yourself until you know the results
  • If you have symptoms of covid-19, please call the medical facility before seeking treatment.

Like an “amber alert” or storm warning advisory, regional health jurisdictions are releasing this advisory to keep you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors safe.

Our region is seeing high levels of COVID-19 transmission including the Delta variant. Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation, and it is dramatically more infectious than prior strains. Current data estimates the Delta variant could be more than twice as transmissible as the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.

Delta has been so successful in transmission because those infected with it produce far more virus than those infected with the original version of SARS-CoV-2, making it very easy to spread.

COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective against the Delta variant’s severity. The risk of becoming severely sick from an infection with the Delta variant is very low for vaccinated individuals who are not immune compromised.

Please, get vaccinated. Un-vaccinated individuals are at higher risk of becoming infected and transmitting the virus to others.

Recommendations if you are not vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public spaces
  • Consider working from home if that is an option for you
  • Asymptomatic transmission is high, so please be cautious in gatherings
  • Avoid gyms and indoor fitness centers and opt for outdoor exercises like hiking or biking
  • Avoid “dining in” and opt for safer alternatives like takeout or a picnic at the park
  • Avoid close contact with children who are not a part of your immediate household
  • Avoid contact with immune-compromised and high-risk individuals, even those who are vaccinated

Recommendations if you are vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public space
  • Consider working from home if that is an option for you
  • Avoid contact with immune-compromised and high-risk individuals, even those who are vaccinated

On Tuesday, July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Interim Public Health Recommendation for Fully Vaccinated People. Read CDC’s full statement here.

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MAY 24TH UPDATE:

Join us at our Wahluke Clinic, May 26th from 5:30pm – 7pm.

We will only be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for everyone, 12 and older, with no restrictions.

Give us a call TODAY to schedule your appointment at 509-488-5256.

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MAY 13TH UPDATE:

CBHA will be offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations starting Thursday, May 20th. The vaccine is now available for ages 12 years and older.

"Today, I adopted CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents. CDC now recommends that this vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away." To continue reading click here.

Read more about the Pfizer Vaccine here.

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APRIL 29TH UPDATE:

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on April 23rd to reaffirm its recommendation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S population under the Emergency Use Authorization.

A warning statement and an information sheet from Johnson & Johnson will be given to patients at vaccination informing those about the increased risk of thrombocytopenia syndrome.

If you would like to choose another authorized COVID-19 Vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna, you will be able to do so at CBHA

STATEMENT FROM WA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:

"After pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines on April 13, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on April 23 for further review of data involving six reported U.S. cases (at the time) of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

In these cases, a blood clot in the brain formed called thrombosis. This is coupled with low blood platelets, known as thrombocytopenia. When those both occur after a vaccine it is referred to as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS.

The ACIP voted today to reaffirm its recommendation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S population under the Emergency Use Authorization. ACIP recommended that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) include a warning statement and for Johnson & Johnson to include an information sheet at vaccination that informs individuals about the increased risk of TTS. Those concerned about the increased risk may consider choosing another COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for use again in Washington state starting April 24, 2021."

CLICK HERE to read more about the temporary halt in administering the Johnson & Johsnon vaccine.

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APRIL 13TH UPDATE:

The CDC has recommended that a pause be put on administering the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

If you are scheduled to receive this vaccine, you will be offered the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. If you wish to wait to receive the Janssen vaccine, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified when it becomes available.

People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

STATEMENT FROM THE CDC:

"As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given."

CLICK HERE to continue reading.

MARCH 17TH UPDATE:

Beginning March 17th, Washington State has moved into Phase 1B Tier 2 of the distribution of COVID-19 Vaccinations.

If you are someone who falls into Phase 1B Tier 2 or a phase that has already begun, and have not gotten your vaccination and would like too, please give us a call so we can schedule your appointment.

If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, text us at 509-488-5256.

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FEBRUARY 19TH UPDATE:

Currently, we are experiencing a delay in our shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines due to weather. This is a statewide issue and there is no tentative date of when they will arrive to our facility.

If you are due for your second COVID-19 vaccine dose, don’t worry! We put together some recommended information from the CDC if there is a delay on receiving your vaccine.

2nd dose should not be scheduled to be received earlier than the recommended 1 month (28 days)

2nd dose can be administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the 2nd dose is still considered valid.

Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.

The 2nd dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible.

If it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the 2nd dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the 1st dose.

There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the 2nd dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

Thank you for staying patient in this process and for doing your part and getting vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are interesting in getting vaccinated, give us a call to be put on our waitlist.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine, call us or text us at 509-488-5256

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JANUARY 27TH UPDATE:

COVID-19 Vaccinations are still underway for those under Phase 1B, Tier 1!

What does this mean?

Phase 1B, Tier 1 is for individuals that are:

• 65 or Older

• 50 or Older and live in a multigenerational household

If you are an individual that falls into Phase 1A and have not yet received your vaccine, you are still able to do so.

ROYAL CITY: We will be having a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Royal City on Wednesday, February 3rd from 10am – 2pm at the New Life Church.

Call/text to schedule your appointment (while supplies last)! 509-488-5256

You do not need to be a CBHA patient to receive the vaccine. Please be sure to bring your ID.

If you can’t travel to Royal City and would like to be placed on a waiting list in our Othello, Connell or Mattawa Clinics, please give us a call.

What does multigenerational household mean?

A Household where individuals from 2 or more generations live in such as an elder and a grandchild.

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JANUARY 19TH UPDATE:

The COVID-19 Vaccine is NOW AVAILABLE for individuals in Phase 1B Tier 1!

All individuals that are eligible in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1 will be able to receive the vaccine. (65 and older and/or 50 and older and living in a multigenerational household (two or more generations).

We will be having a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at our Wahluke Clinic this Saturday, January 23rd from 10am-3pm for those who qualify under the guidelines of the current phase. You do not need to be a CBHA patient to receive the vaccine, simply call/text to schedule your appointment or arrive as a walk-in (while supplies last). Please be sure to bring your ID.

If you can’t travel to Mattawa and would like to be placed on a waiting list in our Othello or Connell Clinics, please give us a call. 509-488-5256.

What does multigenerational household mean?

A household where individuals from 2 or more generations live such as an elder and a grandchild.

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DECEMBER 18TH UPDATE:

The COVID-19 Vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization approval by the Food and Drug Administration and the first supplies are in Washington!

There are 4 phases to how the vaccine will be delivered, and the Center of Disease Control is directing that the first dose of vaccines be given to high-risk healthcare workers.

Because the vaccinations are currently limited, we will not be administering them to the public just yet. We will keep you updated on when the vaccine will be available for everyone.

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Learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

How COVID-19 Vaccines Are Made (VIDEO)

How Would COVID-19 Vaccines Work In Your Body (VIDEO)

COVID-19 Vaccine (VIDEO)

How are COVID vaccines being produced faster?

Usually vaccine testing and production are done as separate steps, but because of the pandemic, vaccines are being developed on parallel tracks - meaning we’re still doing both steps, just at the same time.

How are the vaccines being tested?

Several different COVID vaccines are in testing right now. Each of them goes through more than one clinical trial; first with a small group of volunteers, then a couple hundred, then thousands.

Find answers to frequently asked questions and get the latest information at CovidVaccineWA.org

Will you have to pay for the vaccine?

No, the vaccine is free for you. This is true for people who have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or are uninsured. Please be sure to bring your insurance card with you.

If you do not have insurance, let us know and our Patient Benefits team can help you secure coverage.