COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing


UPDATE (as of April 15): Everyone age 16 and older in Washington State can now receive a COVID vaccination.


PacMed is offering COVID-19 Vaccines to our most vulnerable patients within our practice. Eligible patients will be notified by text, phone call and/or through MyChart when we have an appointment available.


Since PacMed has a limited supply of vaccine and we are prioritizing our highest-risk patients first, please continue to explore all other opportunities to receive any FDA-authorized vaccine available to you. It is important to us that you get the vaccine, no matter where you choose to get it.


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Currently Eligible:
All people age 16 and older

Great news! According to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidance, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Please note, the Moderna Vaccine offered by PacMed is only authorized for adults age 18 and older.

For full details, read the “Summary Guidance” on the State DOH website.

Who’s next? Learn how the State is prioritizing vaccine recipients, and when you might be eligible. Read more.

How to get your vaccine

PacMed is offering COVID-19 Vaccines to the most vulnerable patients within our practice.

PacMed has a limited supply of vaccine and it will take time for us to reach all our patients. Therefore, please also continue to look for other ways to receive the vaccine.

It is important to us that you get a COVID-19 vaccine, no matter where you choose to get it.


PACMED VACCINATION CLINICS

Eligible patients will be notified by text message, phone and/or MyChart when we have an appointment available for you.

Since we have a limited supply of vaccine, please also continue to explore opportunities to receive an FDA-authorized vaccine at other sites.

OTHER SITES


Remember to schedule your follow-up dose if needed, and follow any other instructions you may be given during the vaccination process.


Vaccine Information

The FDA has granted emergency use authorization to administer a number of COVID-19 vaccines in adults.

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible, because it is a key step in saving lives and ending the pandemic.

You may feel hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This is normal and understandable, both because of times that vaccines were misused on people of color in the past, or because of misinformation you may have received. We recognize this is a personal decision and that you may have questions about the vaccine. It is good to want to protect yourself.

We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the COVID-19 vaccine from reliable sources so you can feel confident in your decision. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Please continue to wear masks and social distance, even after receiving the vaccine.


COVID Testing

Now that public testing sites are fully functioning, our early-response Drive-Thru clinics have closed and we have diverted these resources to other pressing needs.

Please follow the guidance below based on your reason for getting tested:


COVID Testing – if you have symptoms or would like to be tested

  1. Go public. Public testing sites are now the best option. They have more availability, earlier appointment times, and lower potential cost to you:

    You can visit these sites directly. You do not need a doctor’s visit or referral before getting a public test.

  2. If you want to see the doctor first.
    • Call us to schedule a virtual visit
    • The doctor may still recommend you visit a public testing site (above), or give you instructions for coming in to clinic safely for a test.

    Getting your results will be different at each location. Ask your testing center where you test. If you require follow-up care, we may that request you share the test results with us.

    If you test negative but still have symptoms, call us to schedule a virtual visit.
    If you test positive, please call us for care coordination so we can triage your needs.

COVID Testing – Before a procedure

Some procedures require a COVID test beforehand. Your care team will let you know if you need one.

When you schedule your procedure, you should also schedule your COVID testing appointment for 3 days beforehand. Earlier or later tests may not be usable.

Testing is available at PacMed Renton, First Hill or Canyon Park clinics during the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday
  • 10 AM–12 PM or 1 PM–3 PM

Your COVID test will take about 15 minutes. We can help you set that up.

IMPORTANT: If you have COVID symptoms before your scheduled test, do not come into clinic for your test.

Pre-procedure results from tests done at PacMed will be available via MyChart. We may also contact you if we need to discuss your results.


QUESTIONS

Does PacMed offer drive-thru COVID testing?
Not anymore. We were one of the earliest local medical groups to offer drive-thru testing, and continued through mid-October, 2020. By then, the county and city testing network was well established, and we closed our drive-thru testing to redirect our full resources back to patient care.

What testing does PacMed offer?
PacMed uses the PCR swab test for active COVID-19 infections for current patients who qualify.

Does PacMed offer antibody testing?
Not at this time. COVID-19 antibody tests were rapidly developed and are currently under review by the FDA and other federal organizations. The meaning of the results is not fully understood and may not provide the answers you are seeking. We do not recommend antibody testing at this time. We will continue to update recommendations in accordance with emerging evidence and expert guidance from the Centers Disease Control (CDC) and Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Please visit the CDC website and IDSA for more information.


Stay up to date with our COVID-19 recommendations and updates on our coronavirus webpage.

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