COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

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Updated 5-17-21 

We are scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people 18 and older. You do not need to be a Neighborcare Health patient. Please call a clinic or talk to your provider about a vaccine appointment. 

By getting people vaccinated, we can save lives, reduce the spread, and begin to reverse the harms caused to mental health and economic stability as a result of necessary community restrictions.   

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 16 years and older who live or work in Washington state regardless of immigration status, insurance or income. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 12 and older. 
  • Enter your zip code at Vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to find available appointments.
  • Or call 1-800-525-0127, then press # when prompted. Language assistance is available.

There is also a lot of false information about the vaccines online. Always check the source of that claim. Watch this video for tips on how to determine if a claim is true or not. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions in other languages scroll to the bottom of the Public--Health Seattle & King County's website.

Who is eligible for the vaccine and where can I get it?

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for anyone 12 and older who live or work in Washington state regardless of immigration status, insurance or income. (Please note: only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 12 -17 year olds.)

  • Neighborcare is offering vaccines to people 18 and older. To make an appointment call a clinic or speak to your care team. 
  • To find appointments at other locations, enter your zip code at Vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.
  • To get help by phone, call the Washington state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # when prompted. Language assistance is available.

If you need transportation to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

  • Patients with Apple health (Medicaid) have access to free transportation to any non-emergency health appointment, including vaccines.
  • Call the state COVID-19 information hotline at 833-VAX-HELP and a hotline specialist will assist in coordinating rides with Lyft, thanks to a partnership with Washington 211 and United Way Worldwide through their Ride United.

Is Neighborcare Health offering the COVID-19 vaccine?

We are scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people 18 and older. You do not need to be a Neighborcare Health patient. Please call a clinic or talk to your provider about a vaccine appointment. 

Is the vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use. In the U.S., COVID-19 vaccines (and other vaccines) must meet numerous safety and effectiveness standards, and go through thorough clinical trials before they are authorized for use. Many thousands of volunteers received the COVID vaccines during the clinical trials. In December 2020, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, based on its own evaluation of the data and science and that of a group of independent scientists and experts. Vaccines created by other companies are currently going through testing and trials. Although the risk of severe side effects is very low, the CDC has paused use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until more is known about the possible side effects. 

Read more about ensuring safety of COVID vaccines on the

How do the vaccines work?

These COVID-19 vaccines teach your immune system to recognize the coronavirus and your immune system makes antibodies (“fighter cells”) that stay in your blood and protect you in case you are infected with the virus. You get protection against the disease without having to get sick.

The authorized Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, or two shots several weeks apart. The CDC has paused use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, which requires one dose, until more is known about the possible side effects. 

When enough people in the community can fight off the coronavirus, it has nowhere to go. This means we can stop the spread quicker and get a little closer to ending this pandemic.

The authorized vaccines do NOT give you COVID-19 nor do they contain the virus. You may feel side effects after getting the shot, such as fever, chills or body aches, but they last only a day or two and are a sign your body is building immunity. 

Watch this video on how these vaccines work in your body.

Learn more about the vaccines in the Public Health--Seattle & King County frequently asked questions

What are the ingredients in the vaccines?

You may read or hear false information online or on social media about what is in the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines DO contain the active ingredient of mRNA along with other ingredients like fat, salts, and sugars that protect the active ingredient, help it work better in the body, and protect the vaccine during freezing.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine DOES contain adenovirus 26, a harmless virus used to deliver the spike protein that’s on the surface of the coronavirus to our cells. The cells can then recognize COVID-19 and protect you from infection. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine also contains citric acid and ethanol.

None of the authorized COVID vaccines or those in development contain the full virus.

The authorized vaccines also DO NOT include:

  • pork products
  • egg
  • latex
  • blood products
  • COVID-19 virus cells
  • mercury
  • microchips
  • fetal tissue

See the full list of ingredients in the Pfizer vaccine from the FDA.

See the full list of ingredients in the Moderna vaccine from the FDA. 

See the full list of ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine from the FDA.

See this FAQ from Public Health—Seattle & King County for more information.

Are there side effects? Will I get sick after getting the vaccine? 

Side effects may include headaches, tiredness, muscle/body aches, fever and a sore arm. These symptoms mean the vaccine is working and your body is responding, and they should go away within a few days. 

Even though the side effects are similar, the vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. 

There have been some cases out of many millions, where people experienced a severe allergic reaction or severe side effects after getting vaccinated. These instances have been rare and are being investigated to determine the cause.  

You may read false information online or on social media about side effects. Make sure you check the source of that claim. Watch this video for tips on how to determine if a claim is true or not

Are there long-term side effects?

It's understandable you may have questions or concerns about these new vaccines. The vaccines were found safe and effective after tens of thousands of people received the vaccine in the clinical trials, and now millions have been vaccinated. There are new and existing systems set up to continually monitor and evaluate side effects of the COVID vaccine as more people are vaccinated. Immediate action and communication will occur if a new side effect is discovered.

How much does the vaccine cost?

There is no cost for the vaccine itself. COVID vaccines will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and the federal government, and the cost of the vaccine will be covered for people who are uninsured. 

 

Will I be required to get the vaccine? What if I do not want it?

It will be your choice whether to get the vaccine for COVID-19, but Neighborcare Health encourages people to get the vaccine when it becomes available. Washington state is not currently considering any requirements for the vaccine, but employers could require it. Make sure you are getting the most accurate information about the vaccine. Talk to your provider at your next appointment to learn more.

Many Neighborcare Health providers and staff are fully vaccinated because they believe it is important for our health and well-being of our community. Watch this video from our staff.

We are encouraging others to get their vaccine, too. By getting many people vaccinated quickly, we can save lives, reduce the spread, and begin to reverse the harms caused to mental health and economic stability as a result of necessary community restrictions.

Once I am fully vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask and social distance?

As of May 14, 2021, the CDC and Washington state governor Jay Inslee issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated** individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Masks are still required in the health care settings. All staff, patients and visitors must still wear masks when coming into a Neighborcare clinic or building. 

Read the guidelines for fully vaccinated people from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

**In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

 

If I already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

Yes, there may be a benefit for people to get the vaccine even if they’ve already been sick with COVID-19. If you currently have or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, it’s best to wait until you feel better or are through your quarantine period to get vaccinated. Talk to your medical provider.

Who should NOT get the vaccine?

  • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for emergency use in persons aged 16 years and older, so no one under 16 should get this vaccine. 
  • The Moderna  and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older, so no one under 18 should get this vaccine.
  • These vaccines should not be given to anyone who has a known severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccines.

I am pregnant, should I get the vaccine?

When available, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published a statement that pregnant and lactating women can safely take the vaccine, but the decision should be made in partnership with the individual’s health care team. If you are considering a future pregnancy, there is no evidence of any adverse impact of the vaccine, but please talk to your provider.

The vaccine trials did NOT include pregnant/lactating people so there is limited data about any special risks to these individuals. So far no specific concerns have been found, and these vaccines are not expected to have any increased risk to pregnant/lactating people.

Talk with your health care provider to decide if the vaccine is right for you.

Why was the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine paused?

Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) called for a pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they evaluated incidents of blood clots in a small number of women.

On April 23, after a thorough scientific evaluation, the CDC and FDA lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, concluding that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks. Read more on the CDC website. (Spanish)

What should I do if I already got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

If you received the vaccine within the last three weeks, please be on the lookout for any of these symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment — with your doctor or by going to an urgent care clinic or the ER — and let doctors know you were recently vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

NOTE: Blood clot side effects from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are extremely rare. Patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over three weeks ago are at very low risk for this complication. Almost 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been safely administered in the United States so far.

I have other health conditions, should I get the vaccine? 

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic.   

There are no chronic conditions that exclude people from getting the vaccine at this time. We do know that having chronic health conditions can increase the risk of severe COVID illness leading to hospitalization and death, so it is even more important for people with these conditions to consider being vaccinated to protect themselves.  

Talk with your health care provider to decide if the vaccine is right for you. 

I have more questions about the vaccine, what should I do?