Whatcom County Community Vaccine Center FAQs

Do I need an appointment? Are walk-ins accepted?

You will need an appointment. Unfortunately we will not be able to serve anyone who shows up without an appointment.

How can I 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. For the March 13 clinic, appointments will open on Wednesday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m.

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. 

How can I schedule an appointment if I can't use the online scheduling system?

Please use the online scheduling system if you are able. It is faster and more efficient for you. If you don't have access to the online system, you can call (360) 788-6075 to schedule an appointment or the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127 or 888-856-5816.

Do you have a waiting list for appointments?

If you try to sign up for an appointment and that day's schedule is full, you'll see an option to click on "Waiting List." You can add yourself to that list. The waiting list, however, is only for that day's appointments. If there are openings on that day, you will be contacted. If the day ends and you haven't been able to get an appointment, you will need to try again the next day.

Will I be able to pick which vaccine I get?

No, 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. All three vaccines approved so far have been shown to be very effective in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 illness and are 100% effective in preventing hospitalization and death.

How much will the vaccine cost?

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered free of charge. If you are uninsured, the cost of your vaccine will be covered with no out-of-pocket charges.

Can I bring people with me to my appointment?

Unless you need assistance entering the vaccination center and at your appointment, we ask that you come alone to your appointment.

What should I wear to my appointment?

As with any vaccine, please wear at loose-fitting or short-sleeved shirt so your upper arm is easily accessible. You'll receive the shot in your upper arm muscle.

Is there a drive-up option?

No, the vaccination center will be located indoors at Bellingham Technical College.

Why is the clinic open to everyone and not just Whatcom County residents?

Every enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider in Washington State is required to provide the vaccine to anyone who is a Washington resident as a condition of their enrollment. We cannot limit our services to county residents.

Does this mean Whatcom County is getting more vaccine doses allotted from the state?

No. Doses for this site will have to be allocated from the county’s vaccine pool. Having this site will not by itself increase the supply of vaccines allocated to providers in our county.

What safety precautions are you taking at the site to prevent a super spreader event?

Masking and social distancing will be required at the vaccination center at all times. Infection control measures will also be in place. All staff will be screened for symptoms before working at the vaccination center. Cleaning will be done before, during, and after each clinic, including disinfecting high-touch surfaces, pens, shared equipment, and workstations.

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