Jefferson Healthcare is a public hospital located in Port Townsend, Washington

Additional boosters

The FDA recently authorized a second booster (fourth total dose) for individuals over 50 years old and a second booster (fifth total dose) for immunocompromised individuals over 12 years old.  The CDC updated its recommendations to allow these additional booster doses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has not yet reviewed these additional doses or included them in its recommendations.

The current focus of Jefferson Healthcare is to provide the ACIP-recommended COVID vaccinations to all patients. Patients with Jefferson Healthcare providers can receive COVID vaccination at regularly scheduled visits.

We are working with community partners to determine a future path, should the additional vaccine boosters become an ACIP recommendation.

Immunocompromised individuals may be able to schedule a vaccination with their provider, alternatively, local pharmacies are scheduling vaccination appointments. The Jefferson County Public Health Department website has the most up to date information about local options for your COVID vaccinations.

COVID antiviral medications to treat COVID-19 illness

Jefferson Healthcare is administering COVID antiviral medications (Paxlovid, Molnupiravir, and Bebeltrovimab) for the treatment of COVID-19 illness.  Jefferson County residents who have a positive COVID test may qualify for these medications.  Call the COVID Nurse Consult Line for more information, 360.344.3094.  Do not call the Emergency Department.

Where do I schedule a COVID booster dose or COVID vaccination?

The Jefferson County Public Health Department website has the most up to date information about local options for your COVID vaccinations.

JH Primary Care is unable to schedule ‘vaccination only’ appointments at this time.

Patients enrolled with a Jefferson Healthcare Primary Care provider may be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination/booster through the primary care clinics in Port Townsend in conjunction with a provider visit.

I lost my vaccine card and need a replacement?

For Jefferson Healthcare patients, who received vaccination with us, and have misplaced their vaccination card please email to arrange a replacement.

I have COVID like symptoms, what should I do?

  • If you are having any urgent symptoms like shortness of breath, please hang up and call 911
  • If you believe you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient, please call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400
  • If you are a Jefferson Healthcare patient and have non-urgent, COVID-like symptoms, please pick up a self-swab kit from the front of the Express Clinic.
  • If you have COVID-like symptoms and feel you need medical care, you can visit the Jefferson Healthcare Express Clinic, open 7 days/week (9am-7pm).  Please follow directions on signage outside the building before entering the Clinic.
  • For COVID testing resources and other COVID information, please visit the Jefferson County Public Health’s website at

What are the side effects of vaccination?

The vaccines may cause side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever.  These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed.  For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two.  Having these types of side effects does not mean that you have COVID-19.

Do I still need to wear a mask after my vaccine?

Yes, wearing a mask provides an additional layer of protection.  The same way social distancing and hand washing provide layers.  When you receive the vaccine you have an additional layer of protection.

Is there any reason I would not be able to schedule right now?

  • Not have had a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Not be sick with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Not have had contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Not be allergic to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine (for more information, see the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Approval Fact Sheet)

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more  here.

I still have questions about the vaccine who should I talk to?

The Jefferson Healthcare website has links to trusted vaccine sources.  Additionally, your medical provider can answer vaccine questions as it pertains to your personal health

I have more questions?

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management will continue to host a phone bank staffed by community volunteers to assist with vaccine access and appointment scheduling. 360.344.9791


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Include email address to ensure phase notification for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

My Chart Providence Washington offers secure online access to portions of your electronic health record (EHR), called Epic. It enables you to securely use the Internet to receive and help manage information about your health, such as prescription refills and health records.

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Doc Talk | COVID-19 Vaccine

Chief Medical Officers offer their knowledge and expertise on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 and the vaccine is ever-changing.  All information given at the time of this recording (December 11, 2020) may not all be 100% accurate at the time of viewing. Significant changes will alert us to remove the content. 

COVID-19 Vaccine | How it works in the body

COVID-19 Vaccine | Efficacy

COVID-19 Vaccine | Who's in?

COVID-19 Vaccine | Was the vaccine rushed to market?