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The staff of The Kitsap County Medical Society is currently activated for the COVID-19 response and may be delayed in responding to emails and requests. We respectfully appreciate your understanding.
 
We have compiled a list of websites and frequently asked questions for your reference.  As information is changing rapidly we are doing our best to remain current.
 
Volunteering! 
Thank you to everyone that has signed up to volunteer at a vaccine site through the Kitsap County Medical Society. We need all volunteers to also registered through the MRC regardless if they are a medical or a non-medical volunteer. Processing of registrations may take up to a week. Once you are in the MRC system you will receive an email confirming your registration from Michelle Moen asking for a photo for your volunteer badge. Following this, MRC volunteers will receive emails requesting that you sign up for shifts. If you have any questions please email Michelle Moen at mmoen@co.kitsap.wa.us  All volunteer efforts have been coordinated through the Emergency Operations Center, the Department of Emergency Management and the Kitsap County Medical Society.
 
If you would like to volunteer at a vaccine clinic click either of the "Emergency Worker Registration" graphics below to sign up. If the link is not working please try again later as the server may be experiencing an overload. If you are still having issues after a few attempts, please contact Michelle Moen at the MRC at mmoen@co.kitsap.wa.us

         

      


When you click the link to sign up to volunteer, for our non-medical volunteers, when you get to the section where it asks for a medical license number just click 111111 to bypass. In your specialty, please click N/A and then type in….Medical Society Volunteer and I can help with registration, data entry, patient flow and so on…
 
I think I qualify for the vaccine, but I’m not sure?
When a person will get vaccinated depends on their age, health condition, profession, and where they live.  
Go to FindYourPhaseWa.org and follow instructions. 
·      The Phase Finder tool will help you determine which phase of vaccination you are eligible for. 
·      Be aware that vaccine supplies are limited and many healthcare providers are not able to schedule appointments at this time. 
·      If you are eligible to get vaccinated now, you can contact your regular healthcare provider to find out if they are offering COVID-19 vaccination. Or, you can choose from a list of local vaccine providers displayed in the Phase Finder tool. Follow instructions for contacting the listed providers. 
·      If you are eligible for a later phase, you can sign up to get notified when your phase begins.
 
Phase 1b Tier 1 of vaccination:
·      Adults 65 and older 
·      Adults 50 and older living in multigenerational households 
·      Read detailed descriptions of priority groups at covidvaccinewa.org
 
I was directed to the Medical Society and I was told you would make my appointment for me. When can you make this happen?

 I’m sorry we can’t schedule vaccine appointments from the KCMS office nor can we cancel or reschedule your appointment. 
 
Where can I make an appointment to be vaccinated?
As more clinics in Kitsap County open to offer vaccines, we will add them to our website for your reference. In the meantime, please see the below clinic information for the SMMC Bremerton Vaccine Clinic. 
Of note…the KCMS Covid-Task Force Committee has brainstormed and shared several ideas with our Public Health Dept to launch mass vaccine super sites, such as drive-thru parking garage vaccine centers, school gymnasiums and utilizing our fairgrounds. When and if the DOH would like to move forward with these ideas, the KCMS will be ready to assist!


COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC: Kitsap Public Health District and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center are launching a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Bremerton. Registration for the clinic will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Find full details HERE.


Is there an alert system to tell me when I can be vaccinated?

Because vaccine distribution has been left up to the states, the best answer to this question would be found on our local public health agency website and we anticipate updates will also be broadcast on our local news


How do the two approved vaccines differ?

While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy (95% and 94.1% respectively), they have a few important differences. For one, while the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 16 and older, the Moderna vaccine is restricted to those 18 and older. And while both need two doses, the Pfizer one requires 21 days between doses and Moderna requires 28. A key difference, however, is storage temperature. The Moderna vaccine is easier to ship, because it needs to be stored at -4 Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at a much lower temperature: -94 Fahrenheit.

Is there a cost to be vaccinated?
According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased by the federal government are available at no cost. However, vaccine providers may charge an administrative fee for giving the shot. This fee can be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance company.
 
I had my 1st dose of the vaccine and my arm has been very sore for three straight days. Is this normal?
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can trigger a range of side effects. Most are mild, such as pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain, and some people in clinical trials reported fever. These side effects are completely normal and are a symptom of the immune response kicking in. However, there have been very few more serious allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine
 
I’ve lost my immunization card from my first dose? How do I obtain a replacement card?
 Please contact the clinic that you had your first dose at to inquire about a replacement card
 
I can’t remember the date and time of my next dose appointment and need help finding out.
You will need to contact the clinic that you had your first dose at to help you with your next appointment time.
 
Should I get the vaccine if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
The vaccine was not tested on pregnant or breastfeeding people. However, the Food and Drug Administration will allow them to opt for immunization against the virus if they choose. In a New York Times article, Emily Wilson, an obstetrician working at Northwestern University and a member of the COVID-19 task force of the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, said, “This is a really huge step forward in recognizing women’s autonomy to make decisions about their own health care.”
 
Why is my doctor’s office not administering the vaccine and other doctors office are? 
Some clinics due to a shortage in staff and or not having a large enough space to accommodate large volumes of patients have opted out to vaccinate in their clinics, but several have signed up to volunteer at larger vaccine sites. 
 
Something has come up and I need to cancel my 2nd dose appointment and need to re-schedule and I was told you could help with this?  
Cancellations and rescheduling is strongly not advised, especially considering that the 2nd dose must fall in a particular window of time. This being said we understand life happens and things come up, so you will just need to contact the facility where you were first vaccinated to see if you can reschedule for a different day.   
Should I get the vaccine if I carry an EpiPen?

The CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions should still get vaccinated, as long as their allergic reactions are not related to vaccines or injectable medicines. However, people allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate should not get the vaccine. 


I just had my first dose of the vaccine and I’m wondering if there are any food or drink restrictions for the next 24 hours? 
You should have received an information V-Form about your particular vaccine at your first appointment. If you no longer have the form please see our website links to help you research your vaccine restrictions.
 
I would like to send a formal complaint about my experience with receiving the vaccine. I waited forever and the staff was rude and short with me. 
We are very sorry your experience was not positive. These are unreal times while our community/world responds to this pandemic. We are pleased to hear that you have received the vaccine, while thousands of others still wait and we wish you all the best.
 
I have this particular health issue and I don’t see it listed as qualifying for 1b. Can I be cleared for the vaccine and approved by your office? 
I’m sorry we do not have the power to decide that you be considered for the vaccine earlier than the tiers state. That being said, we understand the tiers designed by the federal government may have left important medical conditions out of categories that should have been included in the B tiers. We recommend you contact your primary care giver for further advice or write to our elected officials. As an example….we found in the below notice from the ACIP “qualifies type 2 diabetes, but does not mention type 1”
 
The ACIP says that the following high-risk health factors would qualify someone to be part of a priority group for the vaccine: “obesity, severe obesity, type 2 diabetes, COPD, a heart condition, chronic kidney disease, cancer, immunocompromised state as the result of a solid organ transplant, sickle cell disease, pregnancy, and smoking.”


How did we develop vaccines so quickly?

The vaccines were developed so quickly because the U.S. Congress directed nearly $10 billion to Operation Warp Speed, which was the project with the goal of producing and delivering 300 million safe and effective doses of vaccine by January 2021. While that goal has not been met, the vaccines were developed unprecedentedly quickly. On Twitter, Dr. Sydnee McElroy, a family doctor, compared the speed of vaccine development to expedited shipping, where you pay more to get your items faster, but they are still handled safely. 


When will our state and or county receive more vaccine?

Distribution of the vaccine started 24 hours after the first Emergency Use Authorization. Each week on Tuesdays, allocation lists are made available to states and jurisdictions to order from. Shipments then take place the following Monday. These orders won’t necessarily arrive all at once, but throughout the week. Sites get delivery notifications from private shipping partners.
 
I have a vacation planned for June, do I need the vaccine first in order to travel? 
Please address these questions to the airline or the internet. The answers and restrictions will vary depending on the location of your travel
  
How long will I need to wear a mask after I receive the vaccine? 
This answer varies from state to state. Please defer to the Governors orders posted on their website on when this may be lifted and or eased for those that have been vaccinated.
 
Even after receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it will still be necessary to wear a mask and follow the other recommended hygiene and distancing protocols. This is because it will take time for everyone to be vaccinated and because, according to the CDC, “experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.”
 
How do the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccines. These are a new type of vaccines that trigger an immune response by using mRNA to instruct cells to make a harmless snippet of the spike protein that is found on the surface of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. This protein triggers an immune response in the body, producing antibodies and protecting vaccinated people from getting infected if they are exposed to the real virus.


How do we know these vaccines are safe?

These vaccines were approved in record time through emergency use authorization. However, they still went through all three phases of clinical trials in order to ensure safety and efficacy. In addition, the vaccine went through a manufacturing investigation and has been approved by the FDA. And as the vaccine is rolled out, it is monitored for any unexpected side effects.


Why are two doses necessary?

By giving multiple doses of a vaccine, the body has a chance to produce more antibodies against the virus because it is exposed to more antigens, which create more memory cells. This means that when the body is exposed to the real virus, it will have a faster and more effective antibody response. In the case of these two vaccines, two doses is the best way to create the most effective number of memory cells and antibodies.


How long does it take for the vaccine to work?

The Pfizer vaccine offers immunity no less than seven days after the final dose and the Moderna vaccine offers immunity no less than 14 days after the final dose. It is so far unknown how long immunity will last, although experts think that it should last for a few years. However, more studies will need to be done.


Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for kids?

The current Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are only available to teenagers 16 and 18 years old, respectively. Because children’s immune systems are different from adults and respond differently at different ages, research that’s been done on the vaccines for ages 16 and up needs to be repeated on children of younger ages. However, a full pediatric vaccine will hopefully be available by late 2021. And luckily, the virus so far seems to impact children much less seriously than adults.
 
CHI Franciscan COVID General Information:
https://www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors/covid-19.html
 
CHI Franciscan COVID Vaccine Information:
https://www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors/covid-19/vaccine-information.html
  
Multiple languages: COVID:
www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/
 
FDA Information on the Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine:
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine
 
FDA Information on the Moderna Vaccine:
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/moderna-covid-19-vaccine
 
Covid-19 vaccine side effects, explained
https://apple.news/AZvmcYrtKQWObJ00qk6feuw
 
Coronavirus resource center-AMA
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert
 
Safety in Cancer Patients:
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/safety-of-covid-19-vaccines-for-patients-with-cancer-and-cancer-survivors/
 
Myths debunked:
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked/
 
COVID Vaccine FAQs Cleveland Clinic
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/covid-19-vaccine
 
AARP: Experts explain COVID Side Effects
https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/coronavirus-vaccine-side-effects/