COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing


UPDATE (as of March 31): Washington State has added new vaccine eligibility for those in Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4, including people over 16 with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions or who are pregnant or have a disability, all people over 60 years old, and high-risk workers in congregate settings.


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.


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Currently Vaccinating:
Phases 1A, 1B1 1B2, 1B3 & 1B4

According to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidance, individuals in the following groups may now be vaccinated:

  • Phase 1A. Health care workers, first responders, residents of long-term care facilities and others in some high-risk settings.

  • Phase 1B1. People over 65, those over 50 who live in multi-generational households, educators and school staff for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and child care workers.

  • Phase 1B2. People 16 years or older who are pregnant or have a disability, high-risk workers in certain industries, including agriculture, fishing vessel crews, food processing, grocery store/food bank, corrections (prisons, jails, detention centers), courts of law, public transit and remaining first responders.

  • Phase 1B3 & 1B4. People 16 or older with 2+ underlying conditions; all people 60 years or older; those who live, work or volunteer in congregate settings serving people with disabilities, the homeless, prisoners or who need long-term care; high-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings including restaurants, food services, construction and manufacturing.

For full details, read the “Summary Guidance” on this page.

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 our most vulnerable patients within our practice. Eligible patients will be notified through MyChart and/or by phone when we have an appointment available.

Follow the steps below to obtain your vaccine.

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. Studies show the vaccine is safe and effective: There were no major adverse events or safety concerns in clinical trials. This is great news.

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

Is the COVID-19 vaccine available?
Yes, COVID-19 vaccinations are available to individuals who qualify according to state guidance. PacMed is partnering with public health partners in a mass vaccination effort. Learn more.

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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