What vaccine will be administered at this location?
Public Health receives vaccine allocations from the State, and it is possible that either the Moderna vaccine or Pfizer vaccine will be available at the Fairgrounds clinic depending on what is allotted. Please note: when registering for an appointment online using PrepMod, it will be noted which vaccine will be provided on that clinic date.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: The vaccine is authorized for emergency use in persons aged 16 years and older. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 21 days apart. Clinical trial data show the vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection starting seven days after the second dose. Individuals will not be considered fully protected until one to two weeks after they receive the second dose. The clinical trials revealed no major unanticipated adverse events.
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses. No serious safety concerns were found.
How much will a vaccine cost?
There are very minimal barriers to accessing a vaccine. The federal government is covering the cost of vaccine, making it no-cost for those with or without insurance. Some vaccine locations may invoice insurance for an administrative fee however this will not be the case at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.
How long does it take to get a vaccine?
Wait times will depend on how quickly we are able to serve people on any given day. You should allow for 1.5 hours in your schedule to go through the fairgrounds vaccine clinic although most people will complete the process in less time than this.
Please do not arrive sooner than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
We ask that only those who have an appointment enter the clinic.However, people are welcome to bring one adult with them inside the building if they need assistance. Children will not be allowed inside and need to be left at home or in a car with an adult.
I've heard that Skagit Public Health gives out left over doses at the end of the day on a first come, first served basis. Is this true? Can I show up and wait to see if any are available at the end of the day?
No. Skagit Public Health gives out vaccine doses by appointment only. Walk-ups are not permitted and Public Health does not keep an ongoing waitlist. If you receive a message in PrepMod stating that you have been placed on a waitlist, please know that this has not reserved you a space. You will need to reschedule for another available clinic date.
What will I need to bring with me?
For those receiving their second dose, please bring your Vaccine Card with you. This card will be given out when individuals receive their first dose, and will have your name, date of first dosage, and vaccine type given.
You will not need your insurance card to access an appointment at the Skagit County Fairgrounds Clinic. Vaccines are provided free of cost to all insured and uninsured individuals.
Are interpreters available for non-english speaking individuals?
Yes, we have Spanish-speaking staff on site.
How many vaccines can be administered each day at this location?
The number of individuals who can be vaccinated will depend on allocations from the federal and state government. With adequate supply, Public Health’s capacity to vaccinate is approximately 300 people per day.
How long does Skagit County Public Health plan to provide community COVID-19 vaccination?
We will conduct vaccination at our site for as long as there is adequate supply, and as long as there is community need.
I don't live or work in Skagit County. Can I still get the vaccine here?
Vaccination at the Fairgrounds will be open to all people who register, regardless of location of work or residence. However, individuals must plan to receive both doses from the same location.
A list of vaccine providers can be found here.
Why is a vaccine important?
Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. A COVID-19 vaccine will help to protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience serious illness.
Will it be safe?
The speed in which these vaccines have been developed and the newness of the technology can seem scary to some. It is important to understand that mRNA vaccine technology has been in development for over 10 years. Safety of the current mRNA vaccines approved or under approval review has in no way been compromised, even with a quicker development timeline.
Rather than eliminating steps from traditional development timelines, steps are being conducted simultaneously. Clinical trials include thousands of study participants to generate scientific data and other information for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This data is then analyzed to determine safety and effectiveness.
There are vaccine safety monitoring systems in place to track any possible side effects. If an unexpected adverse event is seen, experts quickly study it further to assess whether it is a true safety concern. Experts then decide whether changes are needed in vaccine recommendations.
How many doses will I need?
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, given 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine is also a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days month apart. People should anticipate receiving both doses at the same location.
Please note: Skagit County Public Health cannot provide second doses to folks who received their first dose elsewhere. People must return to their original clinic for their second dose, even if the clinic is walk-in only.
When will we be able to open things back up again?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Where can I get more information?
There is so much information right now about the COVID-19 vaccine, but there is also a lot of speculation and misinformation. It is so crucial that we seek out credible information! Please turn to trusted sources for health information, including your healthcare provider and public health experts.
Skagit County Public Health has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, available in both English and Spanish. Staff will be able to assist you with general vaccine questions, and can provide assistance scheduling appointments for the Fairgrounds clinic and provide information on other vaccine provider locations.
Please call Public Health's main line at (360) 416-1500 Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more about COVID-19 vaccine planning, development and safety standards, visit the Washington Department of Health website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine
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