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COVID-19 VACCINATION/TESTING

COVID-19 VACCINE/BOOSTER INFORMATION

WHMC is offering COVID-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) Vaccinations by appointment only.
Call 509-397-5717 to schedule for ages 12+.

We are offering COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their primary series at least 5 months ago and are 12+

We are offering COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots for Moderna vaccine recipients who completed their primary series at 5 months ago and are 18+

People over the age of 50, and certain immunocompromised individuals, may now receive an additional booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if 4 months or more have passed since their last booster dose.

If you meet the above criteria for a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or booster, please call us at 509-397-5717 to schedule your appointment.

PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINE Ages 6mo -11yrs

Ages 6mo - 4yrs may receive the Pfizer 3 dose primary series vaccine. (This age group is not eligible for boosters).

Moderna is not available at this time.

Ages 5-11yrs may receive the Pfizer pediatric 1st and 2nd dose (21 days in between) and may also receive Pfizer booster at least 5 months after primary dose.

Colfax Clinic Call 509-397-4717 to schedule

St. John Clinic Call 509-648-3331 to schedule

Tekoa Clinic Call 509-284-2423 to schedule

Click here for other Whitman County vaccine locations

COVID TESTING:

Testing is available Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm

Appointments are required - Please call 509-397-5717 to schedule.
Results are posted to your patient portal within 24-48 hours. For printed results please contact Health Information Management at 509-397-3435 x 306.

Click here for additional details from WA State Department of Health

COVID-19 TESTING

If you are traveling and require a negative COVID-19 test, specific testing sites may be required. Whitman Hospital & Medical Clinics will not be responsible for complications that may arise.

  • Call our hotline at 509-397-5717 to speak with an RN regarding COVID-19 concerns or testing questions Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm.
  • If recommended for testing you will be registered and given an appointment time and further instructions.
  • Our primary COVID-19 test is the PCR Nucleic Acid Test with results in 48-72 hours.
  • It is best to be tested at least 3 days after symptom onset.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus meaning it has not been previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses and include the common cold. Most cause mild illnesses; however, they can result in more serious illness such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

How is COVID-19 spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early reports suggest it is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets during close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person. It is possible however, that transmission can occur from touching an object or surface contaminated with COVID-19.

How can I lessen my chance of getting COVID-19 infection?

Prevention strategies are the same as for influenza and include:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use appropriate amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are demonstrating flu-like symptoms
  • Stay home when you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms
  • Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and objects

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common physical symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should I do if I am experiencing flu-like symptoms and think I may have COVID-19?

Follow the prevention strategies listed above. During normal business hours, contact your local Whitman Medical Clinic. After hours or if experiencing severe symptoms contact Whitman Hospital or call 911.

Is there treatment for COVID-19?

Treatment is supportive and similar to flu.

Should I wear a cloth face mask?

The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face mask anytime you are in public or around people who don’t live with you. Face masks help prevent people with COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. You can have COVID-19 without any symptoms, so this is an important way to slow the spread of the virus. Face masks should not be worn by children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious or unable to remove the mask without help.

Where can I get more information?

Whitman County Health Department COVID-19 Resources Click Here for link or call 509.397.6280

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Click here for link

Washington State Department of Health: Click here for link

Washington State Hospital Association: Click here for link

Washington State DOH Coronavirus Hotline for updates: 1.800.525.0127