COVID-19 Vaccines

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Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. In addition to these, pop-up clinics often happen at various locations around the county.

Pfizer, Moderna, Pfizer-Pediatrics (ages 5-11) and boosters are available at the listed pop-up clinics. No insurance is required at Whatcom County Health Department clinics, but may be required at community hosted clinics. Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available at Whatcom County Health Department clinics while supplies last.

 Walk-ins are welcome!

Pop-up clinic list 

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls  

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls  

Lynden School District Offices (Old Lynden Middle School Cafeteria), 516 Main St., Lynden

Trigg Road and Portal Way, 6509 Portal Way, Ferndale

  • Wednesday, June 29, 4-7 p.m.

Where can I get my 5-11 year-old child vaccinated?

If your child has an established primary care provider, contact their clinic to see if they offer COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year-olds. Your child’s primary care provider can answer questions or address any concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of whether they offer the vaccine. 

If your child does not have an established primary care provider or their provider does not administer COVID-19 vaccines, most places that offer the flu vaccine (e.g., pharmacies, grocery stores, health clinics) offer COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year-olds.

Use Vaccine Locator to find a vaccine provider that offers pediatric COVID-19 vaccines for 5-11 year-olds near you or call the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357) for assistance. 

  • Call takers can tell you which locations near you offer the COVID-19 vaccine, and help you schedule an appointment if needed.
  • This line offers English, Spanish, Russian, Punjabi and other language options.


Where can I get my 6 month - 4 year-old child vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children 6 months to 4 years-old. Contact your child’s primary care provider for more information or to schedule a vaccine appointment for your child. 

If the vaccine is available through your child’s provider or your child does not have an established provider, you can check Vaccine Locator to schedule a vaccine appointment for your child. Please note Vaccine Locator may take several days to update locations for this age group, please be patient and check often. 

You may also call the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357) for assistance.

  • Call takers can tell you which locations near you offer the COVID-19 vaccine, and help you schedule an appointment if needed.
  • This line offers English, Spanish, Russian, Punjabi and other language options.

At this time, not all clinics and providers are ready to administer the vaccine, and we ask that parents remain patient as providers work through the initial rush for vaccination. Currently, pharmacies in Whatcom County do not offer vaccines to this youngest age group, but may in the future.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations by visiting the CDC and DOH recommendation pages.


What are "third" doses? Do I need one?

On August 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow an additional (third) dose for certain immunocompromised people including those who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response.

The primary series for Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine remains one dose; however, moderate to severely immunocompromised people 18+ should receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna two months after their first.

Immunocompromised people who received an additional primary shot (third dose) may also receive a booster dose five months after that shot.


What are booster doses? Should I get one?

Booster doses are extra doses of COVID-19 vaccine intended to boost your immunity to the virus. Booster doses are available for every vaccine brand, but your booster dose does not have to be the same brand as your initial vaccination series. Youth ages 5 or older may only get the Pfizer vaccine for their booster dose.

A booster dose is different from a third dose. Immunocompromised people who received an additional primary shot (third dose) may also receive their boosters once eligible.

Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s Vaccine Booster Doses page to learn more about eligibility and recommendations for first and second booster doses in Washington State.

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