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March COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 VaccineWithin the first week of March, the NWMS team provided 1,100 COVID-19 vaccinations to our patients and our community! We want to thank our amazing employees and volunteers for all the hard work this past week.

Northwest Medical Specialties did not receive a vaccine allocation for the second week of March. Although we were hoping to get another shipment, the state announced a vaccine shortage at the end of last week which delayed our allocation. You can remain on our waiting list and we will reach out as soon as we get our next allocation for those needing their 1st dose.

For those that received your first vaccine dose at NWMS- Once we receive our 2nd dose allocation, you will receive an email to schedule your 2nd dose appointment. Please do not call our office to schedule, all scheduling will take place online through sign-up genius. We will send out the link to schedule as soon as we get our allocation for a 2nd dose. NWMS will make every effort to schedule your second vaccine dose as close to recommended guidelines as possible.

If you would like to join our waiting list for your 1st dose, please use the link below.

WAITING LIST

NWMS is following state and local eligibility requirements to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccine allocation and eligibility requirements vary by state.

 

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY:

-65 years or older.
-50 years or older and live in a multigenerational household (two or more generations).
-People who work in healthcare and can’t work remotely.
-Medical first responders.
-People who live or work in long-term care facilities.
-Teachers and childcare workers

 

If you received your vaccine already, it is important that you let your provider know. Please also bring a copy of your vaccination card with you to your appointment.

 

We would like to address a question that we have gotten frequently: Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine? Yes. Not enough information is 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 in real-world conditions 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. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and our COVID-19 policies & procedures please call our offices at 253-428-8700.

 

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