State secretary of health at ICHS to discuss COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington state secretary of health, visits ICHS

On Jan. 12, as COVID-19 vaccine efforts ramp up in Washington state and across the nation, leaders from International Community Health Services (ICHS) welcomed Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington state secretary of health, to the health center’s International District Clinic.

The meeting opened opportunities for ICHS to raise issues as staff and providers look ahead to the next phases of Washington state’s vaccine rollout, which will continue to target those at highest risk. ICHS received the first doses of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 23, vaccinating front line health workers and residents in its senior congregate care facility, ICHS Legacy House.

“Our successful end to the pandemic is critically tied to the efficient and equitable distribution of the vaccine,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO, “As a community health center, ICHS will be key in helping those most at risk overcome language, culture, income and vaccine misinformation barriers that could prevent them from getting vaccinated. We are honored to welcome Dr. Shah to our International District Clinic. Today’s meeting was a productive step in coordinating public, private and community efforts to make sure we inform and reach everyone.”

The secretary released a statement, “Dr. Shah applauds the important work ICHS has done to ensure people in King County’s diverse communities (and beyond) have access to quality, affordable health care, including COVID-19 testing, during the pandemic. ICHS contributions will help ensure an equitable, culturally responsive, and efficient distribution of Washington state’s supply of COVID-19 vaccine so that no one – no matter where they live, their racial or ethnic background, their income, language, or immigration or insurance status – is left behind.”

Make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine

International Community Health Services (ICHS) is currently offering COVID-19 vaccination on a limited basis to health care providers in accordance with Phase 1a criteria by the State Department of Health.

By appointment only

  1. Click here to get prescreened. Health care workers interested in receiving the vaccine must first answer questions in a prescreening survey. This tool from the Department of Health identifies if you are eligible and assigns priority.
  2. Click here to make an appointment. If you are eligible, you will get a confirmation message to bring to your appointment.

When you arrive

  • Please bring your message from the Department of Health, either digitally or as a printout, that verifies your eligibility. It is required to receive the vaccine.
  • You will be given the vaccine and safety information.
  • We will observe you for 15 minutes.
  • You will schedule your second dose, for 28 days later at the same location.

Eventually, everyone can receive the vaccine

We are waiting for more information to let us know the timeline and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public. We know our initial allocation of doses will be far fewer than the total numbers of people deemed eligible by the Department of Health.

An organized and equitable distribution of a vaccine is the first step to getting the pandemic under control. ICHS is diligently working with public health and community partners to ensure as soon as more vaccine becomes available, we get as many doses as possible to as many people as possible; especially to our patients and community members facing the greatest barriers to health care. We can only slow the spread of the virus when all people – regardless of income, immigration or insurance status – are protected from catching it.

Eventually, everyone who wants a vaccine will have an opportunity to get one. Right now, it’s critical to continue with safety precautions. Wear a mask, limit travel and activities outside the home, and continue social distancing.

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