Last updated: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:35 a.m.
The Washington State’s Vaccine Allocation Plan has determined the following groups to be in Phase 1B, which is divided into four Tiers.
Whatcom County is currently in Phase 1B of COVID-19 Vaccine distribution. Anyone in Phase 1A or Phase 1B Tier 1 can be vaccinated right now.
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You can find a brief summary of vaccine safety, where and how to get vaccinated, and resources for older adults in Whatcom County here.
Phase 1B is now underway. Phase 1B is broken up into four Tiers:
This Tier focuses on protecting those who are at high risk of severe illness and hospitalization. This Tier includes:
Phase 1B Tier 2 focuses on high-risk critical workers 50 years and older who work in congregate settings. These settings include:
Tier 3 includes people who have certain medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness if infected with COVID-19. This Tier includes:
Tier 4 includes two other high-risk groups, including:
If you are in Phase 1B Tier 1, a visit to your healthcare provider is the best way to get vaccinated right now. Keep in mind that your healthcare provider my not be scheduling appointments for people eligible in Phase 1B due to limited vaccine supply.
You can also use this Vaccine Locations List to see which providers in Whatcom County are enrolled to receive vaccine doses and are vaccinating people. You should know that because vaccine supply is very limited in our county, the providers listed may not have vaccine or may be fully booked. We expect that, as supply increases, more vaccination locations will become available. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in your upper arm. The vaccines currently available require two doses spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Like some routine vaccines, the most common side effects are a sore arm, tiredness, headache, and muscle pain. These symptoms are a sign that the vaccine is prompting an immune response. Data from clinical trials showed the following:
For most people, these side effects occurred within two days of getting the vaccine and lasted about a day. Side effects were more common after the second dose than the first dose.
After getting your first dose, keep wearing your mask, staying socially distanced, and washing your hands frequently. Schedule your second dose with your healthcare provider. After your second dose, you should still continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently until medical experts determine that the threat of COVID-19 is behind us.
We’ll continue to update this page. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine planning, development and safety standards from DOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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