Unity Care NW is happy to have begun providing vaccinations to our patients but please note that the number of eligible patients far exceeds the vaccine supply at this time. While we anticipate this will improve over the upcoming months, we are currently prioritizing our most vulnerable community members first for vaccination. All patients should be able to receive the vaccine in the upcoming months. Vaccine supply remains low at UNCW. Please do not call to inquire about vaccine appointments. Our phone system is overwhelmed at this critical time. 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. 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 multigenerational 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!
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