Vaccines

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Health Center:
360-297-2840
COVID Hotline:
360-297-9674
Tribal Center Front Desk:
360-297-2646


Call the Health Center or COVID Hotline to schedule a vaccine or booster.
You can also find a local provider at www.vaccines.gov.
Testing available Mon-Fri from 9:30-1130 am and 1-3 pm from the Health Center.
Please visit the Testing page for any additional information.

Covid Vaccines for the PGST communityVACCINE 101

Individual choices play an important role in the transmissibility and severity of COVID-19. Getting the vaccine remains the most essential tool. Even in new, more transmissible variants, the vaccine has proven to be excellent at fighting off the most serious effects.

The vaccine was vigorously tested before approval and, since its introduction at the end of 2020, numerous studies have proven its safety and efficacy.

What percentage of the PGST community is vaccinated?
Of those community members living on the reservation, approximately 44% are fully vaccinated. This includes everyone eligible to receive the vaccine—aged 5 and up. The adult population has a much higher vaccination rate than kids aged 5-12.

I’m not vaccinated because I have safety or other health related concerns. Who can I speak to about these?
Contact the PGST Health Center. A health care professional will answer your questions without any judgement. Their goal is to make sure you have the best information to help you make your vaccine decision.

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Anyone over the age of 5 is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.

Who is eligible to receive a booster?
Booster eligibility includes anyone over the age of 12 who received the final shot from their initial vaccination at least six months ago. It does not matter what brand of vaccination or booster you receive.

Where can I get vaccinated or receive a booster? Will it cost me anything?
COVID-19 vaccines are readily available without an appointment at most places with a pharmacy. In Kitsap County, you can get vaccinated at CVS, Rite Aid, Costco, Safeway, and Wal-Mart, among other locations. To find a vaccine or booster location near you, please visit www.vaccines.gov.

At some places, an appointment is required to receive a booster.

The PGST Health Center is offering vaccines and boosters now for anyone aged 5 and up. Call the Health Center to set up an appointment.

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster is offered free-of-charge at all locations.

If I’ve already been vaccinated, do I need a COVID booster?COVID-19 Vaccines | Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Booster doses have been shown to provide an increased immune response among the vaccinated. PGST’s Medical Director, Dr. Luke McDaniel, recommends a booster for anyone—including the young and healthy—especially those who spends any time with Elders or around people with underlying health conditions. “The booster is protective; not just for the person receiving it, but, almost more importantly, to prevent possible spread to those who are most vulnerable.”

Booster shots have also been shown to provide additional protection against new variants of the virus.

Will the vaccine or booster make me sick?
There are some reported side effects from the vaccine. The most common are soreness at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, and fever. These typically resolve within a few days.

Side effects of the booster are usually comparable to experiences after the second dose of the initial vaccine.
Many people experience no side effects from either the vaccine or booster.

If other people are getting vaccinated, why does it matter if I choose not to?
Vaccines are a protective measure. When vaccinated individuals are exposed to COVID they fare far better than the unvaccinated in infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths.

A January 12th report by the Washington State Department of Health (“COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status”, updated at this link regularly) summarized findings that included:

Unvaccinated 12- to 34-year-olds in Washington are:

  • 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 than fully vaccinated 12–34 year-olds.
  • 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 year-olds.

Unvaccinated 12- to 34-year-olds in Washington are:

  • 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 than fully vaccinated 12–34 year-olds.
  • 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 year-olds.

Unvaccinated 35- to 64-year-olds are:

  • 4 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35- to 64-year-olds.
  • 11 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35- to 64-year-olds.

Unvaccinated 65+ year-olds are:

  • 6 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
  • 11 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
  • 15 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.

Please note that the DOH COVID report is regularly updated and the figures above might be somewhat outdated. Visit the report link above for the latest summary information.

What should I do with my vaccination card?
Keep it someplace safe. Consider taking pictures of the front and back of the card. Keep these on a phone or computer. Make a photocopy to carry a paper version in a purse or wallet.

Some locations and events are requiring proof of vaccination before entry. For example, in King and Jefferson counties, proof of vaccination is required at bars and restaurants.

Do not share pictures of a vaccination card on social media or with others.

I lost my vaccination card. What should I do?
Never fear! There are a couple of options for people who have misplaced their vaccination card:

  • Check in with the clinic or location that administered the vaccine. They might be able to issue a new card.
  • Access immunization records via the WA Verify system from the Washington State Department of Health. This free service asks users to answer a few questions and then sends a QR code to digitally access and store vaccination records on a computer or mobile device.
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