Whatcom County Community Vaccine Center FAQs


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

Appointments are recommended, but not required, and walk-ins are accepted. Walk-ins will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. If you make an appointment, you are guaranteed vaccination at your scheduled appointment time.

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

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 1-833-VAX-HELP.

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

If you aren’t able to schedule online, you can call 360-778-6075 or the Washington State Department of Health Vaccine hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP for help scheduling an appointment. If you’re unable to call, we would encourage you to stop by for a walk-in vaccination.

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, 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, or you're a parent or guardian accompanying a minor, we ask that you come alone to your appointment.

What should I wear to my appointment?

As with any vaccine, please wear a 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?

According to guidance from DOH, everyone who is eligible can get a vaccine regardless of where they live or work, as supply allows. We cannot limit our services to county residents.

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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