Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 vaccine.
We know that there are a lot of questions and concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine. We are currently NOT scheduling patients for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. We’re working closely with the Washington State Department of Health to receive COVID-19 vaccine shipments and to prioritize distribution in accordance with their guidelines. We will post the most up-to-date information on this page.
We are now offering COVID-19 vaccines for health care workers and first responders in phase 1a who have been provided a voucher by their employer or local health jurisdiction to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from The Everett Clinic, part of Optum. If you receive a vaccine voucher for The Everett Clinic, you will also receive a password which is required to schedule a vaccine appointment. Vaccine prioritization is essential for phase 1a vaccines because of limited doses available.
Health care workers and first responders are a top priority due to their exposure risk and the critical role they play in keeping hospitals and clinics open and available for our communities. Nursing home residents are prioritized because they account for nearly 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, and immunizing healthcare workers in those settings protects both the workers and the residents from infection.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll continue to work closely with the state on a vaccine shipment schedule and an appropriate prioritization schedule to vaccinate staff, providers, and patients. As we have more information, we’ll update everettclinic.com with patient information about the availability of COVID-19 vaccine.
Designated Healthcare Workers & First Responders With Employer Voucher
What documentation will I need to receive the vaccine? During this initial vaccine phase, you are only eligible to receive a vaccine if you have been provided a voucher from your employer or local health jurisdiction to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you do not have a voucher, please discuss with your employer.
How do I schedule a vaccine appointment? COVID-19 vaccine appointments are scheduled through MyChart and you will be provided additional information from your employer and/or the Health District. If you are not an Everett Clinic patient, further instruction will be provided during sign up.
How many vaccines doses will I need? Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the United States require two shots. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second shot to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. You will schedule the appointment for the 2nd vaccine dose when you check-in for your first vaccine dose.
What is the cost of the vaccine? There is no charge for the vaccine, but we’ll bill your insurance for the vaccine administration. Check with your health plan for coverage details.
What side effects should I expect? Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection to disease. The side effects are expected, and don’t require any additional evaluation.
If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain, call 9-1-1. These are NOT expected side effects from this vaccine.
Is the vaccine safe? COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. Vaccine trials are showing a 90%-95% protection rate and very robust immune response one to two weeks after the second dose.