COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Vaccine registration and scheduling
When completing the registration form, please enter your date of birth and telephone number using the following formats (including the slashes and dashes):
- For Dates: MM/DD/YYYY
- For Phone Numbers: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Please be patient, our system is processing a high volume of requests. If you scheduled an appointment through your MyChart account, you will receive an appointment confirmation.
There currently is not a waitlist for vaccine appointments. Patients are encouraged to check the CHI Franciscan vaccine website often (chifranciscan.org/vaccineinfo) for appointment availability.
Currently, vaccines are only administered at our designated hospital locations.
If you have had a reaction to a vaccine in the past, please contact your family provider (PCP) or the Washington state or Pierce County health department (if you do not have a family provider/PCP) for guidance before making an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines to protect against COVID-19 are available now. The FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna. Administration of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine is paused, according to FDA and CDC recommendations. Distribution of vaccines is determined by the state and local health departments and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is participating in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines according to that distribution plan.
Vaccine eligibility is determined by state and county governments. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 16 years and older who live or work in Washington state.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, administered three or four weeks apart. When a vaccine is given, information will be provided about when to get the second dose.
Patients are asked not to bring visitors with them to their vaccine appointment due to limited space. Only one person per appointment, please. The exception is if a family member is eligible and scheduled for a vaccine at the same time.
Each vaccination appointment will take approximately 30 – 60 minutes. You will be screened upon entering the hospital, then check-in with staff at the vaccine clinic entrance, complete paperwork, receive your vaccine, then have a 15-minute “observational” waiting period.
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes early for your vaccine appointment to ensure we can serve those who are scheduled before you, and to help avoid long lines. If you are more than 15 minutes early you will be asked to wait in your car.
We have both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines but as supplies vary, we won’t be able to tell you which one you will receive until your appointment.
The registration staff at the vaccination event will schedule your appointment on-site for your second dose in the appropriate timeframe for the vaccine you received. This is approximately 19-23 days for Pfizer vaccine, and 28-32 days for Moderna vaccine.
The vaccine is free. However, please be prepared to provide your Medicare ID number and/or your insurance information.
Yes, multi-generational family can attempt to schedule their appointments around the same time. However, each family member must be eligible and must have their own separate appointment.
Each vaccination appointment will take approximately 30-60 minutes. You will check in with staff at the entrance, complete paperwork, receive your vaccine, and wait at least 15 minutes for observation.
- Please bring photo identification to your appointment.
- Fever and symptom screening will be done at the entrance of the building.
- No visitors are allowed to accompany you within the building.
- No cloth masks are allowed. Simple masks are provided at the entrance and must be worn in the building.
- Physical distancing is expected within the building.
At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, safety is our highest priority, and we only administer vaccines that are recommended by the FDA as safe and effective. In accordance with CDC and FDA guidance, we have paused administration of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Most side effects occur within two days of getting the vaccine and last about a day
- The most common side effects are
- Pain at the injection site (sore arm)
- Tiredness and headache
- Muscle pain
- Side effects are more common among people 55 years or older than among those younger than 55
- Side effects are more common after the second dose than the first dose
- Source: doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccineinformation/FequentlyAskedQuestions
Patient and staff safety is our number one priority. We strictly follow Covid-19 safety protocols and require the following of our staff and visitors:
- All staff and patients are screened (fever and symptom screening) before entering the hospital. Once screened, you may proceed to the vaccine clinic conference room.
- A simple mask must be worn at all times within the hospital, including the vaccine clinic. If you do not have one, we will provide one to you at no charge.
- Physical distancing (minimum of six feet) should be practiced at all times.
- Please remember to wash your hands frequently or utilize hand sanitizer while on-site.