Updated Dec. 2, 2021
Keep the following in mind when you go to your vaccination appointment:
Check with Your Provider
If you scheduled a vaccination appointment with your provider, make sure to contact them to discuss any questions you may have about office procedures or billing before your visit.
The federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee for first, second and third doses, and booster doses. An administration fee is the fee healthcare providers charge to give the vaccine. You should not be charged out-of-pocket costs or receive a bill from your provider for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is true if you have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or if you do not have insurance.
Office Visit Fee
You should not be charged for an office visit for receiving the vaccine only. If you plan to have other services performed, you may be charged for an office visit. Seek clarification from your provider beforehand and from your insurance company if you are charged an office visit fee.
See our FAQ for more information.
Timing with Other Vaccinations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated guidance on timing with other vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines can now be given without regard to timing of administration of other vaccines. People can now get the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of other vaccines, including on the same day. For example, you can get the influenza vaccine (your flu shot) at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.
What to Bring
Be sure to check with the clinic to make sure you have everything you need. You may be asked to bring your photo ID (or proof of residence) and fill out a consent form. If you are receiving your second dose, you may be asked to bring proof of vaccination.
Make sure to check with the clinic first regarding vaccination policies for children 12 – 15 years of age, including what is required in terms of documentation of a parent or legal guardian’s consent.
Expect to Wait 15 Minutes After Vaccination
After you receive your vaccination, the clinic will ask you to stay for 15-30 minutes to monitor for potential allergic reactions. See our FAQ for more information.
Schedule Your Next Dose
If you received your first dose of a two-dose vaccine, make sure to schedule your second dose before you leave. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.*
Find Out When to Get a Booster Dose
Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for use by the FDA and recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Anyone age 18 and older who received their primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago should get a booster dose. Anyone 18 and older who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago is eligible and should receive a booster dose. See our FAQ and search for “booster” to learn more about booster doses.
Keep Your Vaccination Card or Sign Up to Access Records Online
Keep your vaccination paper card. You may need it as proof of vaccination for your second dose if you are receiving a two-dose vaccine. It’s also good to keep on hand, just in case you need it in the future.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) also encourages people to sign up for MyIR, which is Washington state’s free immunization record website. It is a more official verification of your vaccination status, so make sure to sign up.If you experience difficulty accessing vaccination records through MyIR, call 833-VAX-HELP for assistance.
Sign Up for V-Safe
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It is one of the ways that the CDC learns about what people experience after getting the vaccines. It can also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Learn more.
When You’re Fully Vaccinated
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose if you got a two-dose vaccine (like Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after your shot of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), regardless of recommendations for booster doses.