COVID-19 Vaccine Update
On December 15, 2020, front line healthcare workers received the first COVID-19 vaccines administered in Washington State. As manufacturers submitted trial data and increased production, recommendations changed to expand eligibility. As of early November 2021, COVID-19 vaccines are available for children and adults, ages 5 and older, in the United States. These resources can help answer questions parents and guardians may have about vaccinations:
Recommendations for additional doses and booster doses have expanded, too.
Individuals, ages 5 years and older, with moderately to severely weakened immune systems may not mount the desired immune response after a 2 dose mRNA vaccine series. They should receive a 3rd
/additional dose of mRNA vaccine 28 or more days after the 2nd
vaccine dose. This dose is considered part of the primary series and not a booster.
While COVID-19 vaccines remain an effective tool, protection from the primary series wanes over time, especially as new variants circulate. Boosters are now recommended for anyone 12 years and older following the primary series to fortify vaccine protection. Please refer to the above graphic for detailed booster dose information. Early 2022 data from the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS) confirm that 70% of Snohomish County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Among 5-11 year olds, the newest group to be eligible, 20.6% have completed the “kid-sized” COVID-19 vaccine series.
Healthcare organizations and community partners across the county are working to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available and accessible for eligible residents. Use these links and phone number to find vaccines and schedule appointments:How to Get Your Shot | Snohomish Health District, WA (snohd.org)Vaccinate WA: Find COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Near YouCOVID-19 Information Hotline
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