COVID-19 Vaccination by Phase
COVID-19 vaccines are brand new and only two have been approved for use so far. Just like any other new product, supplies will be scarce at first, then become more available in the weeks and months to come. That is why so much analysis and planning have gone into vaccine distribution. The small quantities available at first must be prioritized to make sure that the vaccine is used where it can make the biggest impact.
Vaccine supply in Lewis County will be available for distribution under a phased process developed at the federal and state level. As more vaccine and more doses become available, more people will be included in future phases.
COVID-19 Vaccination By Phase
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I find out if I am eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: As of March 31, 2020, Washington State is no longer using the Phase Finder tool to determine eligibility. If you have internet access, you can go to Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Vaccine Phase infographic at Washington's COVID-19 Vaccine Phases to see the most current information. The vaccine phase we are currently in is always noted at the top of the https://phsscovid19.lewiscountywa.gov/ web page.
If you do not have internet access, you can call 1-800-525-0127, press # between 8am and 5pm and someone at DOH will assist you.
Q: I am eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine; how do I get one in Lewis County?
A: Go to https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov. Enter your home zip code and click on Find Appointments. You will see a list of all vaccine sites within 50 miles of you. Choose a site with appointments available. Please do not go a clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine without a scheduled appointment.
Q. There aren’t any open appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine; what should I do?
A: Some vaccine sites listed in Vaccine Locator have a waitlist feature where you can add yourself. Please do not add your name to more than one waitlist. If you are on five waitlists, you are potentially taking vaccine availability away from four other people. Currently, the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is larger than the supply. Please have patience. A vaccination campaign of this magnitude has never been seen before and it will take time, cooperation and patience to vaccinate everyone who wants COVID-19 vaccinations. In the meantime, if your healthcare provider has a waiting list, you are encouraged to get on the list and stay on it. Continue to follow the 3 Ws: wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; watch your distance with those outside of your household; and wear a face mask around people outside of your household.
Q: I received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine does that mean I am fully protected against COVID-19 now?
A: No. Based on current data gathered on the available COVID-19 vaccines, you will develop the best protection approximately two weeks after you receive your second dose. It is important to continue following the 3 Ws in order to protect yourself and others from potentially getting COVID-19.