COVID VACCINE INFO PAGE

Vaccine Stocked?Yes – Moderna, Pfizer (and 5-11yr old), & J&J/Janssen
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Current Phase Immunizing: (pls sign up below for phase/eligibility change notification emails) Anyone 12 yrs and over.

We are excited to welcome these groups to book an appointment now (we pride our selves partly by having LOTS of openings):

Now Offering COVID-19 Tests! Click here to schedule:

Boosters for All:

Nov 29

CDC is changing the ‘may’ to a ‘should’ for those 18 and over not in risk categories described below.

The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine.

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant. I strongly encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to vaccinate the children and teens in their families as well because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness. I also want to encourage people to get a COVID-19 test if they are sick. Increased testing will help us identify Omicron quickly.

Nov 20

Update from WA DOH :

Everyone age 18 years and older who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is now eligible for a booster.

Yesterday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded the recommendation for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to everyone 18 years and older. A booster shot will help provide continued protection against severe disease in these populations who are especially at risk for severe COVID-19.

The Western State Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also voted to recommend booster doses for everyone 18 years and older. As of today, you may begin administering COVID-19 boosters to any adult who wants one.

While ACIP expanded the booster recommendation to all adults, they noted that booster doses are especially important for some groups who are at increased risk of getting sick from COVID-19. These groups should get a COVID-19 vaccine booster:

  • People 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series at least two months ago
  • People who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series at least six months ago and are:

Anyone 18 years and older, but not in one of the above categories, may also get a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.

Considerations for administering booster doses:

  • Please also continue to offer the primary series vaccination to as many people as you can.
  • Patients can get the same, or a different (mix and match), COVID-19 vaccine for their booster dose than they received for their primary series.
  • People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  • COVID-19 booster doses can be co-administered with other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.
  • Pregnant people may receive a booster dose of vaccine.
  • You may not give a booster dose to anyone age 17 or younger.

Nov 19

FDA authorized boosters for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for everyone 18 and older. The CDC has also agreed.

5-11 year olds Ready To Book Appointments :

Nov 4

Oak Harbor has received its first 5-11 year old Pfizer shipment.

Here is our plan for this special group:

We are offering 5-11 year old only express clinics on the appointment calendar after school from 3-6pm daily at Oak Harbor beginning TODAY. Other stores will begin offering a version of this as well once vaccine arrives there. Please monitor the appointment calendar.

5-11 year olds are also welcome to book any of our other appointments if those times work better, but the dedicated clinics are recommended.

Check out our special vaccination room for kids!

Even pre-loaded with treats and stickers!

An FDA approved a lower dose of Pfizer for 5-11 year olds last week. This week, the CDC’s ACIP also gave their approval (and the CDC Director subsequently gave final CDC signoff).

October Third Dose News :

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From WA DOH Oct 22:

BOOSTER DOSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL THREE COVID-19 VACCINE TYPES FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

Last month, health care providers began offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to certain individuals. Since then, more than 330,000 additional doses (which is a combination of booster and third doses) have been given out across the state. Now, providers can also offer booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines to those who are eligible.

At least six months after completing the primary Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series, the following groups of people are eligible for a booster dose:

At least two months after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine, it is recommended that everyone 18 and older receive a booster dose. Pfizer and J&J’s boosters are both full doses, while Moderna’s booster is a half dose.

The following people are currently recommended to get COVID-19 vaccine booster doses in Washington:

  • People 18 years and older at least two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine primary series.
  • Certain groups of people at least six months after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series.

The new recommendations also allow for “mix and match” booster doses, meaning that someone can get a different vaccine for their booster dose than they got for the primary series.

These new guidelines are incorporated into the Emergency Use Authorization of each vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and have been recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. Read more in the Washington State Department of Health’s news release from today.

The CDC and the Western States workgroup recommend:

  • People 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster dose at least two months after their first dose. This booster can be any of the three COVID-19 vaccine brands authorized in the U.S.
    • The booster dose following Johnson & Johnson is recommended for anyone who received that vaccine for their primary series.
    • Although rare, individual benefit-risk assessment may inform which booster product to use including
      • Consider the availability of booster products.
      • Consider the risk profile of vaccine boosters, including rare events.
  • Certain people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine can get a booster dose at least six months after their second dose. This booster can be any of the three COVID-19 vaccine brands authorized in the U.S.
    • The booster dose following an mRNA vaccine primary series is recommended only for the following groups:
      • People 65 years and older should get a booster dose.
      • People 18 years and older living in long-term care settings should get a booster dose.
      • People 50 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk of social inequities should get a booster dose.
      • People 18 to 49 years of age who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk of social inequities may get a booster dose.
      • People 18 to 64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they live or work may get a booster dose, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Who can receive additional doses:

  • You may administer a booster dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify following the recommendations above.
  • You may administer a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) to people who qualify for it due to immunocompromise as described in this guidance.

Who cannot receive additional doses at this point in time:

  • You may not administer a booster dose to someone who received Moderna or Pfizer for their primary series and is not in one of the populations listed above.
  • You may not administer a booster dose to anyone age 17 years or younger.
  • You may not administer a fourth dose to anyone who received an additional dose due to moderate to severe immunocompromise state.

Sept Third Dose News :

Please see this notice we received form WA DOH (Sept 24 @ 1:49pm):

The CDC and the Western States workgroup recommend:

  • People 65 years and older should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • Residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • People 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Here is the COVID-19 additional and booster dose vaccine guidance as of today, September 24.

Who can receive additional doses:

  • We may administer a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine to those who qualify based on the recommendations listed above.
  • We may administer a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) to people who qualify for it due to immunocompromise as described in the August update below.

Who cannot receive additional doses:

  • We may not administer a booster dose to someone who is in one of the populations listed above but who received Moderna as their primary series.
  • We may not administer a second or third dose to someone who received Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine is only one dose no matter your age or immune competence.

You may book now!

August 2021 Update #2: Third Doses Available for Immunocompromised

You can now book third doses thru our scheduling platform.

Below is the communication we received from WA DOH:

Dear COVID-19 Vaccine Providers,

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain immunocompromised groups. These groups are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 and may benefit from an additional dose. This includes people who:

  • Are receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Are receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response.

While the vaccines are 90 percent effective against most coronavirus variants, studies show that immunocompromised individuals do not always build strong immunity. The third dose is not considered a booster dose, but an additional dose for those who did not develop adequate immunity with the two-dose series.

Here’s what you should do for your patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised:

  • If your patient got an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), they should get an additional dose at least 28 days after their second dose. Use the same vaccine brand if possible. If you don’t have the same brand available, it is OK to use the other mRNA vaccine brand.
  • If your patient got the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, they should not get an additional dose of Johnson & Johnson or a dose of an mRNA vaccine at this time. You can also reach out to the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project to discuss other options.

People who are not immunocompromised should not receive an additional dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. Please do not administer any doses of vaccine beyond the doses recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), even if your patient requests it.

You can read more about considerations for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including a list of immunocompromising conditions, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interim clinical considerations.

August 2021 Update: All 3 Vaccines All 3 Stores EVERY Day — On Your Schedule

Your community-based vaccination effort continues. Our team of volunteers (vaccinators / ushers) and staff crossed 70,000 doses administered.

As supply has caught up to demand, simplicity now overtakes the complicated.

We are happy to offer all three COVID-19 Vaccines every day at all three locations. We have plentiful slots available on our appointment page now . Even if you plan on walking in, please attempt to make an appointment. The appointment scheduling completes your intake process as well, saving time for everyone upon arrival.

Lines have dissipated too, becoming more light and variable. We also have a live store traffic feature. Pharmacy and vaccine customers alike can check if now is a good time or maybe a bit later in the day, etc.

We will now come to your workplace. Anywhere in the Puget Sound region. We just ask for a minimum of 40 people. Please have us come to your office/community by filling out this form.

One other quick new feature to share – we now have digital vaccine records availableRegister, online here. You will receive a custom link with vaccination type, lot, and date. A cool, convenient, and shareable backup to the cards issued.

Second Doses — Both Moderna & Pfizer

Please make this 2nd dose due date calculator your primary resource for determining when to book your next appointment. We post appointments weekly. If you don’t see your date available yet, sign up for notifications of new appointment postings.

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Second Doses from other vaccination sites

We are proud to assist people to complete their series from those beginning at other providers. Many people are having challenges getting their second shot where they got their first. Please book an appointment.

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Industry Leading Accessibility

We take accessibility seriously.

We know the lines can grow at times. If you have mobility issues, we move you to the front. If you can’t get out of the car, we will come to you in the parking lot.

If the technology aspect of this process gets a bit much, just walk-in.

If you have trouble getting thru on the phone lines, please make your accessibility request in our drive thru.

Volunteers

We have experienced amazing support from volunteers in recent weeks. Both Vaccinators and Ushers. Simply amazing.

Improving access to our La Conner and Clinton stores will be driven by volunteer availability. Please keep checking our site, some new spots are open now. As volunteer vaccinators schedule shifts, we will open appointments.

Now, some important procedural details

For those getting second doses will require proof of the original shot. Your CDC vaccination record card is the documentation we need. If you don’t have it with you, we can look it up. But, that may cause a delay in store.

Attire

Please come prepared to EASILY expose your deltoid.

https://www.healthline.com/health/intramuscular-injection

Much time can be saved by planning ahead.

Another pro-tip.

Long sleeve button up dress shirts by-in-large don’t easily get to the sweet spot. If they do, its done by force and puts pressure on the vascular beds— in the same area our needle goes. Yes, that sets you up for needing a bandage.

And now, a Thank You.


Thank you for the outpouring of support and appreciation from so many.
Thank you to our staff and volunteers for their efforts. Long hours. Changing variables – sometimes hourly. Sacrificing family time in lieu of improving public health. Well done.

Island Drug is proud to again serve in the role of Your Most Convenient Vaccination Destination, just as we did during the H1N1 pandemic.

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