Southwest Washington (Lewis and Thurston counties)
A Message to our Community
COVID-19 vaccination information. We are moving as quickly as possible in coordination with the distribution and allocation of the vaccine from federal and state resources. Everyone will have their opportunity to get their vaccine and we ask for your continued patience.
Tuesday, Feb. 23: We want to keep our community and patients informed about the Moderna second dose vaccine clinics which had to be postponed last week, as well as some second dose clinics which are coming due this week. We have gotten confirmation that a portion of the Moderna vaccine we requested has been shipped.
We will be sending out emails today, Feb. 23rd – you will be asked to sign up for a new appointment. The sign-up platform will look different from your past experience, as we have upgraded our scheduling platform. It should be easier for you to navigate.
In Thurston County, emails will be going out to the following to schedule their second dose appointments on Feb. 26-27 at Providence Lacey – College Street:
- Jan. 29 – second dose
- Feb. 12 – rescheduled second dose
- Feb. 20 – rescheduled second dose
In Lewis County, emails will be going out to the following to schedule their second dose appointments on Feb. 26 at the Providence Centralia Professional Building:
- Feb. 12 – rescheduled second dose
- Jan. 29 – second dose
Unfortunately, we still do not have confirmation of the shipment of the Moderna vaccine for the clinic postponed last weekend at the SW WA fairgrounds. We will provide more information as soon as we have it.
Monday, Feb. 22: The Pfizer second-dose vaccination clinics for Feb. 23-24 (reschedule from Feb. 19-20) are moving forward as planned.
We realize this is an inconvenience. Every person who has an appointment to be rescheduled has been notified via email. We hope to communicate with our patients about their rescheduled appointments later this week. All patients who have been postponed should watch their email for their rescheduled appointment. We will be identifying patients who are coming close to their 6-week window for the second-dose vaccine and will be calling them to fill cancelation spots where applicable.
Please note, the CDC has determined there are no health implications in delaying the vaccine by two weeks. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding while we work to get our community vaccinated.
At this time, Providence is still not able to offer any COVID-19 vaccinations for those in the Phase 1B, tier one category, because we did not received an allotment of first-dose vaccine from the Washington state Department of Health for this week.
For the latest information about vaccine available throughout the state of Washington, go to: Vaccine Locations :: Washington State Department of Health. There, please search by county to find available vaccine distributors. For Providence, please visit our link for current planning, appointment scheduling, and current phase information. The best times to check this site is Friday afternoons and Monday mornings, as this is when/if new appointments will be loaded into the system based on the week’s vaccine allocation.
This information changes rapidly, so we ask for your continued patience and to please watch for information shared here, on our social media pages, and in the local media.
We are pleased to see the eagerness of our community to get their vaccines, and we are working as quickly as possible to meet this need. We are preparing a call center platform; we will communicate when we have a phone number available for call-in vaccination scheduling.
We want to thank our doctors, nurses and other caregivers volunteering outside of their regular shifts to staff these clinics. Our essential work doesn’t stop as we continue to treat COVID-19 patients and others while also safely administering this vaccine.
All other COVID-19 vaccine appointments at our hospitals and Providence Medical Group clinics are full. We will be able to only vaccinate those with previously scheduled appointments.
1A health providers:
- In Thurston County, eligible individuals in Phase 1A are asked to schedule their vaccines through their employer on the Thurston County COVID-19 website: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Coronavirus/Pages/coronavirus-vaccine-info.aspx
- In Lewis County, eligible individuals in Phase 1A are asked to schedule their vaccines through their employer. Employers may call 360-740-3323 and leave contact information for registration. Additional Lewis County vaccination information can be found on the county’s website at: https://phsscovid19.lewiscountywa.gov/
Hospital patient/visitor COVID-19 updates
In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals are limiting some services and instituting additional visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, some hospital access points will be consolidated at our hospital campus locations.
Providence understands the importance of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care in the hospital. At this time, we ask patients and their families to consider communication through phone and video chat as their primary means of communication. We know the value visitors bring to our patients.
Please see our Letter to Patients.
Exceptions may be made for the following:
- Maternity units
- Patients at end-of-life; including COVID-positive patients
For these very limited exceptions, one visitor per patient will be allowed and must be 18 years or older and be immediate family (or powers of attorney, guardians, or patient representative) and they will be asked to return home if they exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms, or have a fever.
Providence continues to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will make adjustments to visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate your help in keeping our patients, visitors and caregivers safe.
With limited visitation, we ensure the safety of the belongings of our patients. Please note, only the following are allowed:
- Discharge clothes
- Electronics for communication such as a phone, charger, or tablet/pad/laptop
- Items specifically requested by a nurse (such as hearing aids, glasses, contacts, dentures)
- Flower deliveries -- NO LILLIES OR LATEX BALLOONS
- Medications (MUST be approved and picked up by nurse)
Patients in delivery going to the Family Birth Center are allowed to bring in additional items (i.e. baby clothes, birthing equipment, car seat, etc.).
Providence Medical Group – Hawks Prairie to collect swabs for COVID-19 testing
Providence Medical Group’s Hawks Prairie Clinic, located at 2555 Marvin Road NE in Lacey is now offering drive thru triage, and if needed, swab collection for COVID-19 testing for ALL symptomatic patients. Any “worried well” patients will not be tested, and given education on how to monitor symptoms.
No appointment is necessary. Drive-thru hours are:
- Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Weekends: Closed
If you have COVID-19 testing questions, please call 1-877-338-0748, option 1.
Patients and members of the community who wish to contact Providence SW facilities with the assistance of a qualified interpreter free of cost may dial 833-640-1418.