Author: Mary Huselid

COVID-19 Vaccines at Unity Care NW

 

Unity Care NW is happy to have begun providing vaccinations to our patients. We are following state guidelines and prioritizing our most vulnerable community members first for vaccination. All patients should be able to receive the vaccine in the upcoming months. Our phone system is overwhelmed at this critical time. Please do not call to inquire about vaccine appointments until you hear from us. Appointments are required in order to receive a vaccination, but we are contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccinations as we continue to receive more vaccine. You may receive a text or email with a link to make an online appointment from our partner Luma Health. This is a legitimate and safe way to secure your vaccine appointment. Thank you for your patience.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Most people should get vaccinated. The two vaccines that have been approved under an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA for use in the U.S. have been proven very safe and are 94-95% effective in preventing you from getting COVID-19. The more people that get vaccinated, the safer our communities will be—and the quicker we can get to a better future. The groundbreaking cooperation between leading medical experts here in america and pharmaceutical companies globally has made a return to normalcy possible thanks to the COVID vaccines. More on why to get vaccinated here.

How will I know when I can get vaccinated?
The Washington State Department of Health has created a Phase Finder tool designed to help people in Washington find out if they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine now. You can also sign up to be notified when you become eligible.

Do I need to make an appointment to get the vaccine?
Yes, we will contact eligible patients to schedule vaccinations as we continue to receive more vaccine. Appointments will be required to receive the vaccine at Unity Care NW. This is to ensure that we’re delivering the vaccine in an orderly way to people who are eligible, and for the health and safety of people at the vaccination sites.

How much will a COVD-19 vaccine cost?
There is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 vaccines.

Do I need a prescription for the vaccine?
A prescription for COVID-19 vaccine is not necessary or required. For additional information regarding eligibility requirements, check with Whatcom County Health Department website, and the CDC website. 

 

Where We Are Now

We are currently in Phase 1B tier 1 of vaccine distribution

The vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who live in a multi-generational household. This is in addition to health care workers, first responders, and people who live or work in long-term care facilities. Learn more about who gets the vaccine and when.

The COVID-19 vaccines being distributed are safe. They’re highly effective against serious disease and the emerging evidence about how they will work to stop the spread of COVID-19 looks very promising. When you’re eligible to get vaccine and there is supply available, you should get it. In the meantime, it is important to continue wearing your mask, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more, and wash your hands.


Betty was the first patient to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Unity Care NW!

Find more COVID-10 related news and current information here.

Building Healthy Relationships

From spending too much time with loved ones to not enough time with others, the pandemic has created new challenges for even the strongest relationships. Unity Care NW Behavioral Health Director and expert counselor, Grant Guiley offers insights, tips, suggestions, and information on how to build and keep healthy relationships with others during and after these challenging times.

Learn more about Unity Care NW and how to support our work from other UCNW staff attendees.

This on-line event took place on-line February 11, 2021, but the full presentation is available here.

Sponsored by: Community Health Plan of Washington, PeaceHealth, Chuckanut Health Foundation, and Storia Cucina.

 

Unity Care NW Participating in the “Point in Time Count”

Unity Care NW is supporting this year’s Point-in-Time count by hosting a survey station in front of our 220 Unity Street facility, now through February 5th. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness and represents a snapshot of persons experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County.

Participation in the survey helps our community advocate for funding from the federal government to support housing and homelessness programs right here in Whatcom County.

Patients with appointments who are experiencing homelessness can stop by to be included in this year’s count!

Wellness Classes for the New Year!

New virtual classes to help address your health goals in the new year!

  • Freedom From Smoking is a 7-week on-line class to help you quit and stay tobacco free. We’ll talk about the science and emotion behind addiction, strategies for quitting, and focus on your own reasons for going tobacco free. Call Megan at 360-296-7185 for more info and to register. Class starts Jan. 19th, 2-4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lose to Win is a sustainable nutrition and physical activity program led by a YMCA coach. The one-hour classes provide a supportive network to work on similar goals when the going gets tough and to celebrate successes along the way! Must be 18 or older. $35/YMCA members; $50 non-members; scholarships available. Register with Tara at tmarshall@whatcomymca.org. Wednesdays Jan. 20 – April 7, 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Better Bones & Balance is a program to help improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence. Class includes a short talk and learning and practicing specific exercise.
    $35 program fee, scholarships available. Register online whatcomymca.org or at the Welcome Desk. Tuesdays and Thursdays,  Jan. 19-28, 11am – noon.
  • Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long supportive class for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Must be 18 or older, and qualify via risk assessment or diagnosis of pre-diabetes.
    $420 year program fee; Unity Care NW patient discount available, email megan.stephenson@ucnw.org to apply.
  • LIVESTRONG is a physical activity and well-being program for adult cancer survivors to reclaim their total health. Must be 18 or older, in remission, and with medical clearance for participation.
    Free to new survivors, $25/month for LIVESTRONG alumni; scholarships available. Register with Tammy at tbennett@whatcomymca.org or (360) 733-8630 Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 11-March 31 11am – noon.
     

Bellingham Food Bank Drive-Up Food Distribution

Beginning Tuesday, December 1, Bellingham Food Bank will offer pre-packed food boxes at the updated drive-up locations.

How It Works

Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer pre-packed food boxes without requiring person to person contact. There will be a bike and walk-up option as well. Each household represented in a vehicle may pick up for up to 2 families. Menstrual products, baby formula and diapers will be added to distributed items as availability allows.

Starting December 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 1-4 pm
Drive-Up Distribution, 1175 Jersey St

Ongoing
Wednesdays | 3-6 pm
Christ the King Church Parking Lot, 4173 Meridian St

2018 Annual Gala: Friday, Sept. 28th

We are partnering with Sustainable Connections and Ciao Thyme for this year’s gala!  Celebrate Eat Local Month with local foods from Whatcom farms and vendors, highlighted in a variety of amazing appetizers from exceptional chef Mataio! Learn more and order tickets here.

 

Healthy Kids Art Contest!

Unity Care NW would like to thank all the young artists who entered in our first “Healthy Kids Art Contest”.  We received a number of creative entries from local kids whose assignment was to create a picture of what good health looks like or what being healthy means to them.  Congratulations to our four winners, who each received a $25 gift card to Village Books and Paper Dreams!