Verifying COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published new guidance addressing fraudulent vaccination records. The guidance describes common scenarios you may encounter and provides action steps to take in each situation to discourage fraudulent activity. See Verifying COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards (PDF) to review the new guidance.
COVID-19 Vaccination Access
Many individuals in Spokane County are still unsure of how to get vaccinated—this includes both adults and adolescents age 12 and older If your practice is not currently offering COVID-19 vaccine, please share the sites below with individuals inquiring about vaccination.
Additional appointments and locations can be found at Vaccine Locator.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Myocarditis Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an update on vaccine safety during the most recent Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting. The update included vaccination among adolescents and myocarditis and pericarditis following RNA COVID-19 vaccination. Part of the presentation included the latest data submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
The CDC confirmed 226 VAERS reports met the working case definition of myocarditis or pericarditis among people 30 years of age and younger who received a COVID-19 vaccine. Given that 18 million people between the ages of 12 to 24 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, these reports are rare.
You can watch the VRBPAC Meeting on YouTube.
The CDC will update the serious adverse events webpage with updated myocarditis and pericarditis data soon.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia What should I Know About COVID-19 and Myocarditis in Teen?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in adolescents and young adults: Benefit-risk discussion
Immunization Assessment & Promotion Program