The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot. For more information, see the CDC and FDA statement.
Eligible in Phase 1A or 1B? Get vaccinated.
People in Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH’s) Phase 1A and all Phase 1B Tiers are currently eligible to get vaccine.
Don’t have COVID-19 vaccine? How to connect patients.
The phase planner shows current and upcoming vaccine eligibility.
If your patients do not have internet access, refer them to Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: (800) 525-0127, then press #.
Want to administer COVID-19 vaccine? Enroll now.
If you want to administer COVID-19 vaccine, enroll now through Washington State Department of Health (DOH):
To request a COVID-19 Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) consultation follow the CDC directions.
Three vaccines are approved for use to prevent COVID-19 disease in the United States:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:two doses 3 weeks (21 days) apart
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine:two doses 1 month (28 days) apart
- Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: one dose
See interim clinical considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the US from the CDC for administration, patient counseling, and other details.
See interim clinical considerations for viral adenovirus vector vaccines.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use a different mechanism than the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use mRNA technology to deliver genetic code allowing for the creation of spike protein. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses double-stranded DNA to transmit the virus’s genetic instructions for building the spike protein.
What can you do now?
Complete your provider enrollment. If you plan on administering COVID-19 vaccine at your facility, complete your vaccine enrollment soon.
Develop a plan to vaccinate your staff. Healthcare personnel—including first responders—who have direct patient contact (within 6 feet) and are unable to telework are eligible in Phase 1A.
Keep your patients informed on how they can get vaccinated when they are eligible.
Share accurate and reliable information with your patients. While it may be a while before everyone can receive the vaccine, everyone can access accurate information now.
Helpful Resources for Offices Administering Vaccine
- Pre-vaccination checklist for COVID-19 vaccines—English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
- Moderna EUA fact sheet for recipients and caregivers
- Pfizer EUA fact sheet for recipients and caregivers
- V-Safe—English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese and Tagalog
- Vaccine Finder information for providers
Additional Information for Providers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module offers a general overview of immunization best practices for healthcare providers.
The DOH COVID-19 vaccine provider toolkit has many helpful resources.