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  1. Who can get a vaccination? That is determined by the state.  You can find the current eligibility here…. findyourphasewa.org
  2. Where can I get a vaccination?  There is a website for that too.  This is the State website that has vaccination locations: Vaccine Locations :: Washington State Department of Health  and a privately-run version that has the same data sources, but sorted conveniently by availability: www.covidWA.com   You’ll still have to visit their individual sites to determine if they are currently doing vaccinations and have open appointments.  Many, if not all, are in pharmacies and likely have limited capacity each day.
  3. Where can I get a vaccination from Snohomish County?  The county has 2 walk-in  and 3 (soon to be 4) drive through mass vaccination sites.  These mass vaccination sites are set up to do a 1,000 or more vaccinations in a day.
    1. Seattle Visiting Nurses Association (SVNA) is operating two of the sites, a drive-thru at Edmonds College and a walk-in at the Boeing Everett Rec Center.  These sites open for appointments for a week at a time, typically posting over the weekend or early in the week (Monday or Tuesday).  Sign up for the SVNA sites is here: Boeing and Edmonds College Sign-Up
    2. There are two drive-thru sites, one at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe and one at the Arlington Airport.  When vaccine supply allows, a third drive-thru site will open at Boom City on the Tulalip Reservation near Marysville.  These open for appointments for 1-2 days at a time, posting around 2 p.m. each day (for the most part).  Sign up for the county drive through sites here:  Arlington or Monroe Drive-Thru Sign-Up
    3. The Snohomish Health District is operating a walk-in site at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.  This also opens for appointments for 1-2 days at a time, posting around 2 p.m. Sign up for these site is the same as (b) above: Everett Angel of the Winds Arena Sign-Up
  4. What vaccine is available?  That varies by site. This is for vaccine management as well as management of second doses.  Currently the SVNA sites and the Monroe site are using Moderna, the Arlington site is using Pfizer, and the Angel of the Winds site is using Johnson and Johnson. No word yet on what vaccine will be available at Boom City.
  5. What about second doses?  First, Johnson and Johnson is one shot.  Pfizer and Moderna are two shots.  You’ll need to go back to the site of the initial vaccination to get the second dose.  The second dose has to be from the same manufacturer as the first dose.  And the site administering the first dose is who will receive your second dose from the state.  SVNA is scheduling the second appointment when the first one is scheduled.  The County sites are emailing you to schedule the second dose within a few days of that due date.
  6. When are vaccinations available?  The days and hours of each site varies by week, depending on the vaccine allocation from the state.  The drive through sites tend to open a few days at a time and will add additional days later in the week if they don’t use the supply early in the week.  Sometimes sites are only open for second doses as that is the only supply received from the state.  Sometimes they are open for second doses on a couple days and first doses on a couple days.  Sometimes they are open for both on the same days.  Bottom line….keep checking!
  7. Why do I need an appointment?  That does two things.  It prevents huge lines of people waiting hours to get vaccinated.  It also lets the Health District know how many doses will be needed at each site each day, as they aren’t stored on site.  This helps prevent waste as once the medication is thawed out, there is a limited window to administer the doses.  If 100 people are scheduled, they will only move 100 doses to the site that day.  On a side note, if there are multiple people going to a drive-thru site in the same vehicle, they all need an appointment.
  8. What about these email and social media blasts saying there are extra doses available?  Sometimes the state allocates more than expected to the county or has reallocated doses from an area that didn’t use them because they know we have the capacity to vaccinate about 45,000 a week here, if we just had the doses.
  9. Which one is the best? Health professionals recommend that you get any of the vaccines that are available when you are eligible. All of them are 100% effective at preventing hospitalization. Here is information on the efficacy rate of the various vaccines…. Best COVID-19 Vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, Novavax, AstraZeneca | Observer  And here is information on efficacy versus effectiveness…

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness: What Efficacy Means – Simplemost

Additional information on vaccinations is available on the Snohomish Health District website: Snohomish County Coronavirus Response – COVID-19 Vaccine (arcgis.com)

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