COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID-19 Vaccine has arrived in Pend Oreille County…here’s what we know:
- On January 25th, we released a letter from Tom Wilbur (CEO), Dr. Aaron Reinke (Chief of Staff), and Dr. Geoff Jones (COVID-19 Medical Director) that explains the current situation with vaccine supply.
- As of January 20, our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline has received close to 700 messages. It is taking much longer than anticipated to retrieve messages, add to the vaccination list and return these calls. This morning, it was decided that the voicemail capability will be temporarily suspended until we have vaccine available and room on the list to schedule future vaccinations. We understand this is not ideal, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate COVID-19 vaccine supply changes and community demand.
- We encourage people who fall under the current phase to check the vaccine hotline (509-447-6332) on a weekly basis for updates. Once we have more vaccine supply and can open up scheduling, we will release the ability to leave messages on this line.
- As of January 20, Newport Hospital and Health Services is working through the list of callers who fall into Phase 1a and Phase 1b – Tier 1. We were able to schedule vaccinations for 180 people who fall into these phases.
- At this point, we do not have confirmation on additional vaccine shipments, so our scheduling ability is limited.
- We are currently planning Moderna vaccination clinics in accordance with released phases by the Washington State Department of Health. Once vaccination clinic plans are in place, scheduling information will be provided here.
- If you have questions about whether or not you should get the vaccine, please consult with your primary care provider.
- Washington State Department of Health released the PhaseFinder tool at findyourphasewa.org, which will allow individuals to determine vaccine eligibility, when their phase opens, and where to receive their vaccines.
- NOTE: Registering with FindYourPhaseWA does not register you with NHHS to receive a vaccine. It is simply an eligibility and notification tool for the patient.
- Colville and Newport Safeway’s will have COVID vaccine arriving the week of January 11. The Safeway scheduling tool is available on the DOH website: Vaccine Locations: Washington State Department of Health
- Spokane Regional Health District’s mass vaccination clinic at the Spokane Arena is expected to open January 27. For more information, please visit the clinic website.
“Multi-generational Household” explained:
On January 13 we received additional guidance from the state regarding the definition of “multi-generational household” and who qualifies under this provision. There are two categories of people who are eligible under the multi-generational household definition:
1st Category: People who are (a) over the age of 50 AND (b) are not able to live independently who are either:
- receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver, OR
- living with someone who works outside the home
2nd Category: People who are over the age of 50 AND are living with and caring for a grandchild
No one under age 50 is eligible, and no one over age 50 caring for a partner, friend, or child (exception – grandchild) is eligible.
COVID-19 Vaccination Billing and Insurance:
The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost to medical providers.
Newport Hospital & Health Services will be collecting insurance information for our COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Currently there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine, but your health insurance carrier will be billed for the administration fee. Regardless of insurance status, whether insured or un-insured, there will be no out of pocket expense to patients during the COVID Public Health Emergency (PHE).
During COVID-19 vaccine clinics (not office visit vaccinations), Newport Hospital & Health Services will accept any insurance regardless of it being in or out-of-network.
For information related to Washington State Department of Health billing and insurance for COVID-19 vaccines, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Milestones in Pend Oreille County:
- The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine arrived to Newport Health Center on Thursday, December 17.
- On Friday, December 18 we kicked off Phase 1a vaccinations with our healthcare team and staff, along with first responders in Pend Oreille County. We were also able to vaccinate some of our assisted living residents. With 120 hours to use the vaccine, our goal was to vaccinate as many people as possible within the Phase 1a population.
- We will update this page regularly as new information is released and additional vaccine distribution phases open.
We would like to thank everyone at Newport Hospital & Health Services, Northeast Tri County Health District, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, and Pend Oreille County Emergency Management for their incredible work making vaccinations happen in our community.
For more information about COVID-19 Vaccines, please visit:
Vaccine Information – Washington State Department of Health – This site is updated regularly with vaccine status information and Washington’s vaccination plan. The site also includes some videos that simply explain how the vaccines work and how they are made.
Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Click here to access the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers (includes vaccine ingredients).
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Click here to access the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers (includes vaccine ingredients).