COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center

Updated on April 15, 2021 at 10:41 a.m.

Online appointments for the April 17-18 CVC clinics are full.

If you weren't able to make an appointment online, you can still get on the waiting list to receive a call if there's a cancellation or no-show on clinic day. Go to PrepMod.doh.wa.gov to get on the waiting list. If you had trouble getting an appointment due to language or technology barriers, please call 360-778-6075 for assistance.

Vaccine Center Location, Hours of Operation and Schedule

Vaccine Center Location

The clinic is located at Bellingham Technical College at 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, Washington, 98225.

For those driving to the site, follow the driving directions and parking information provided below. Public transportation to Bellingham Technical College is also available, and fares are currently free; you can find bus schedules and plan your trip at: http://www.ridewta.com/.. Please note that WTA does not serve the Bellingham Technical College bus stop on Sundays.

If you have Apple Health (or Medicaid), you may be able to arrange a ride. You are eligible for transportation help if:

  • You have a current ProviderOne services card (the Apple Health ID card).
  • You have no other way to get to your healthcare appointment.
  • The healthcare visit is covered by your Apple Health program. Visit the Apple Health website for more information about covered services (link in English). More information is also available from DOH

To get to BTC from I-5 northbound, take exit #258 and turn left onto Bakerview Rd. Then, at the 2nd light take a left onto Bennett and follow to Marine Drive. 

To get to BTC from I-5 southbound, take exit #258 and turn right onto Bakerview Rd. Then at the first light, take a left onto Bennett and follow to Marine Drive. 

Turn left onto Marine Drive, then turn left onto Illinois St. Follow the signs to designated parking areas. 

Take the bus: WTA's Route 3 can get you to the Vaccination Center, and all rides are currently fare free. Learn more & plan your trip on WTA's website.

Accessibility: There is ADA parking in the closest parking lots, which are in front of Building H (off Lindbergh Ave) and the College Services building (off Nome St). If you need assistance at the clinic, staff and volunteers wearing orange vests can help you. Wheelchairs are available on site as well. 

Community Vaccination Center ADA Accessibility Map

Vaccine Center Hours of Operation and Schedule

The next clinic will be announced on Tuesday, April 20. Hours of operation and the schedule for regular operation will be posted here once they have been finalized. 

The number of appointments available for weekly clinics will remain dependent upon vaccine supply and will increase as supply increases.

Who Can Get Vaccinated

Anyone who's 16 or older can get vaccinated in Washington State. However, the only vaccine available for 16 and 17 year-olds is the Pfizer vaccine. Depending on the type of vaccine offered, some CVC clinics may only be able vaccinate people aged 18 or older.

You must make an appointment for one of the clinics in order to be vaccinated. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

How to Make an Appointment

The most efficient way to register for an appointment at the Community Vaccination Center is to use an online scheduling tool called PrepMod, at prepmod.doh.wa.gov. If you would like more information on how to navigate PrepMod, visit this page

If you aren’t able to navigate PrepMod, another option is to have a family or friend assist you with scheduling. Because some personal information is needed to register, it’s best if you can be on the phone with the person making the appointment for you.

If you don’t have internet access or an email address, or if you need assistance in a language other than English, you can call WCHD at 360-778-6075 or the DOH Vaccine Hotline at 1-800-525-0127. 

Check your eligibility before scheduling an appointment. Before trying to schedule an appointment at the Whatcom County Community Vaccination Center, check that you are currently eligible to be vaccinated in Washington State.

What to Know Before Your Appointment

  • You must have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • We respect your privacy. No one will ever ask you for a Social Security number or proof of citizenship.
  • Unless you need assistance entering the vaccination center and at your appointment, we ask that you come alone to your appointment.
  • There is not a drive-up option. All vaccines will be given at the vaccine center, which is located indoors at BTC. 
  • As with any vaccine, please wear a loose-fitting or short-sleeved shirt so your upper arm is easily accessible. You'll receive the shot in your upper arm muscle.
  • You will not be able to choose which vaccine you receive. 

All three vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. 

Vaccines given at the site will vary depending upon available supply. 

We'll only be able to provide the vaccines that have been delivered to the site.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Please arrive at the vaccination center no earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment time. If you're early, please remain in your car or at a 6-foot distance from others until your appointment time. 

When you enter the vaccine center, you will be greeted and shown where to go for your shot. 

After your shot, you'll stay for a 15-minute observation period to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction. 

As soon as you have received your shot and completed your appointment, you should leave the building and depart the BTC campus immediately. 

For safety reasons, everyone will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing while on the BTC campus.

After Vaccination

COVID-19 Safety

No vaccine is 100% effective. You will still need to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines after you get vaccinated. Continue to use masks and practice social distancing.

Potential Side Effects

Most side effects are mild. Like other vaccines, you may feel some side effects, which could include soreness, fever, headache, fatigue, or nausea. These side effects are temporary and signs the vaccine is working. Contact your doctor if these symptoms don’t go away in a few days.

Second Doses

When you get your shot, we'll let you know if you need a second dose and give you information on how to get scheduled. 

You'll also get a vaccination card that includes that information. You can also access your vaccination record online.  

About the Clinic

Staffing will be provided by a combination of staff from Family Care Network, Hoagland Pharmacy, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and Unity Care NW, plus Whatcom County Health Department and Whatcom Unified Command staff and volunteers. Nursing students from both Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College nursing programs will also staff the clinic.

This vaccination clinic is a community collaboration of healthcare providers, including Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Family Care Network, PeaceHealth, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Unity Care NW and the Whatcom County Health Department.  You can learn more about the partners and planning in process here.