Pullman Regional Hospital

COVID-19 TESTING & VACCINE INFORMATION

 

 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing in Pullman

Pullman Regional Hospital is providing asymptomatic testing for travel through our Travel Clinic.

Travel is tricky these days and rules for COVID-19 testing verification varies per country. We recommend you call us four weeks in advance of your trip to plan ahead for your COVID-19 test.

We expect you’ve researched when you need to schedule your test so that your results are ready at the right time. Don’t risk a cancelled flight because your testing timing was off!

  • Call (509) 336-7359
  • Open Monday-Thursday from 10am to 3pm
  • Provider's order for the test will be arranged through the Travel Clinic
  • $130 fee (includes sample collection and consultation with Travel Clinic nurse specialist, Shari)
  • Results in 48-72 hours on your hospital patient portal
Are you a WSU student looking for COVID-19 Testing Services? Cougar Health Services has you covered: https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/medical-services/specialty-care-and-services/covid-19-testing/

COVID-19 Vaccine

Whitman County Public Health has compiled a list of vaccination locations for individuals 5 years of age and older. Visit HERE to learn where you can receive a vaccine. 

Whitman County Public Health has compiled a list of vaccination locations for individuals 5 years of age and older. Visit HERE to learn where you can receive a vaccine. 

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A

You should receive a paper vaccination record card when you get your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This card will tell you which type of vaccine you got (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) and the date you received it.

If you got the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, the card will tell you when to go back for your second dose. Keep this card with you so your vaccine provider can complete it after your second dose.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one dose, so you will not need to schedule a follow-up. 

Some people find it helpful to take a photo of the card as a backup. 

If you lose your record card, log in to MyIR (“My Immunization Registry”) to look up your COVID-19 vaccination record, and then take a screenshot or photo of the information. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for MyIR any time. 

Yes. If you are eligible for a vaccine and have schedule with Pullman Regional Hospital, your vaccine is free. This is a service we're providing to our community; regardless of your health insurance status, we are not charging for the vaccine.

Pullman Regional Hospital’s Employee Vaccine Policy will be updated to reflect WA Governor Inslee’s executive proclamation (issued 8/09/2021) requiring all healthcare workers in the state of Washington, as a condition of employment, to be fully vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus by October 18, 2021. More information can be found in our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

As of April 2, 2021, we've consistently maintained a staff vaccination rate of 75% and higher.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

For more information about the CDC's masking guidelines (March 2021):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

For ALL healthcare settings, masks are still a best practice. At Pullman Regional Hospital, our Clinic Network Practices and all our healthcare partners, medical masks are required.

As of August 23, 2021 Washington State has issues a statewide mask order for everyone over five years of age in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. 

More information about the CDC's masking guidelines (March 2021)

You may have heard the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have placed a pause on administering J&J vaccine out of an abundance of caution based on the appearance of serious brain blood clots combined with low platelet counts in six patients out of 6.8 million doses of J&J administered.

People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

No definitive cause has been identified yet, but the FDA shared on April 13, 2021 that a probable cause is a rare immune response generated by an individual after receiving the vaccine.

This demonstrates how well the robust vaccine safety monitoring systems work, since this potential safety concern was identified quickly and vaccines were paused to allow for further investigation.

If you have any concerns you feel are associated with receiving the J&J vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider or come to the emergency department at Pullman Regional Hospital to be evaluated.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine received full FDA approval for individuals 16 years of age and older on August 23, 2021. 

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

More information from the FDA

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Booster?

If you received your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 6 months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, the CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 Booster if you are:

  • Age 18+

How can I get my COVID-19 booster?

There are a plethora of options to schedule your vaccine appointment. View a complete list on the Whitman County Public Health website.

COVID-19 Booster Shot FAQs

 

Helpful Documents, Information, & Resources

Helpful Documents
Information & Resource
  • Separating Fact vs. Fiction Online - (WA Department of Health)
  • How COVID-19 Vaccines Work in your Body - (WA Department of Health)
  • How COVID-19 Vaccines are Made - (WA Department of Health)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Information PDF - (WA Department of Health)
  • Whitman County Public Health
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Delta Variant
  • FDA Approval of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Booster Shot FAQs