COVID-19 Vaccine Information
We understand many of our community members are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and kindly ask that you respect and follow the state's guidelines for each phase. Overlake Medical Center is administering the vaccine based on guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Health and Governor Jay Inslee for Phase 1A and 1B1.
Determine Your Vaccine Eligibility
While the vaccine is only available to those in Phase 1A and 1B1, you may check your eligibility with findyourphasewa.org, the Washington State Department of Health's vaccine eligibility screening survey. If you are eligible, this tool will provide instructions for making an appointment at Overlake or another authorized vaccination site. Vaccines are by appointment only and require proof of eligibility.
If you have questions, you can get help over the phone from Washington State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline by calling 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Phone interpretation is available. General inquiries and questions can be sent via email.
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We will share more information on this page as it becomes available, and invite you to check back regularly. For the latest vaccine updates, sign up for the Healthy Outlook e-newsletter.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get my COVID-19 vaccine at Overlake?
A: Because initial supplies are limited and for prioritized groups, the vaccine is only available for those in Phase 1A and 1B1. We will continue to share information to the community as soon as it is available.
The Washington State Department of Health developed findyourphasewa.org, a screening survey to help Washington residents determine vaccine eligibility.
If Phase Finder determines you are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be prompted to enter your email and/or phone number to receive notification when you do become eligible.
When you become eligible for the vaccine, you will receive an alert from Phase Finder with instructions on how to schedule your vaccine at Overlake or another authorized vaccination site. You will be required to provide proof of eligibility at the time of your appointment.
Vaccines are by appointment only and require proof of eligibility.
Q: I qualify for the vaccine, but I’m having trouble signing up for my appointment. What should I do?
A: If you followed the link to schedule an appointment from Phase Finder or the email invitation that was sent to you, please be patient. Due to the high volume of interest in receiving the vaccine, open appointment slots are filled quickly, so please check back regularly. Thank you for your patience.
Q: I understand the vaccine requires two doses—how many days after the first dose is the second dose required?
A: The CDC has advised that while it is recommended to receive the vaccine doses 21 days apart, the second dose may be given as early as 17 days from the first dose, and there is no maximum interval to receive the second dose.
If you are trying to schedule an appointment for your second dose, but there are no slots available, please be assured that it is OK to receive the second dose later than 21 days after the first.
Q: Can I volunteer to help staff the vaccine clinic at Overlake?
A: If you a licensed/certified clinician, and you are interested in volunteering to help with Overlake’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, click here.
Q: Is the vaccine safe?
A: Yes. On Dec. 11, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. It has been shown to be safe in clinical trials. Learn more about the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: No. The vaccine does not contain a live virus and therefore does not carry a risk of causing the disease in the vaccinated person.
Q: How effective is the vaccine?
A: Pfizer has reported the two-dose vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.
Q: Are there any risks or side effects?
A: Side effects are similar to other routine vaccines, such as fatigue, headache, muscle pain and soreness at the injection site in the arm. In fact, these side effects may be a sign your body is mounting a good immune response. Based on FDA data, side effects are more common after the second dose is given. In addition, those under age 55 have a stronger reaction for all vaccines.
Q: Are there any recommendations about who should NOT get the vaccine?
A: According to Pfizer, you should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you:
- Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of the vaccine.
- Had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine.
Q: Do I need a vaccine if I already had COVID-19?
A: According to the CDC, people who have been sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, you may still want to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you have been sick with COVID-19 before.
At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.
It’s important to continue to practice masking, social distancing and frequent hand hygiene in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Will Overlake also receive the Moderna vaccine?
A: We have applied with the Department of Health to obtain the Moderna vaccine for distribution to select Overlake Clinics. Preparations are underway so that when the vaccine becomes more widely available, Overlake will be able to offer it in the clinic setting.