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. 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.
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.
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. You can also sign up for MyIR, which is Washington state’s free immunization record website. It can take some time to get verified on the site, so make sure to sign up sooner, just in case you need it.
Sign Up for V-Safe
Make sure to 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 can also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Learn more.
When You’re Fully Vaccinated
Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start getting back to some of the activities you were doing before the pandemic. 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).
Once you’re fully vaccinated you can do the following:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people without physical distancing or masks
- Visit with people who haven’t been vaccinated and are from one other household who are all at low risk for sever COVID-19 illness; this includes visiting indoors without physical distancing or masks
- Travel within the United States without a pre- or post-travel test and you do not need to quarantine
You do not need to quarantine or get tested after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 if you do not have symptoms.
When to Wear a Mask or Get Tested
Getting everyone vaccinated will go a long way in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the pandemic won’t end overnight. It’s still important to practice some COVID-19 precautions:
- Respect the rules of the room. Wear a mask in schools, on public transportation, in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and any business that requires masks.
- Get tested if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow CDC and local travel recommendations.