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With summer fast approaching, now is the best time to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Summer is almost here. Are you ready?

In addition to the typical list of supplies—sunscreen, swimsuit, cold beverages—the most important item on this year’s checklist is COVID-19 vaccine.

The state is poised to fully reopen June 30 or sooner. Soon after that, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July. Are you fully vaccinated and ready to enjoy the sunshine and activities? If not, what are you waiting for?

Summer fun timeline.

COVID-19 vaccine is more available now than ever before, which means we can make it easier for you to get your vaccine at a convenient time and place.

We have clinics around the county open now and ready for walk-ins. See all the locations at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture. We also bring vaccine to homes and workplaces—even Rainiers games

Our call center is standing by to help you find the best way to get vaccine to you. Call them at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Most of the vaccine sites in Pierce County even have all 3 types of vaccines. So, you can choose.

  • If you get your first shot of Moderna today, you’ll be ready to get your second shot by July 4 and fully vaccinated two weeks after that. 
  • If you get your first shot of Pfizer today, that timeline moves up a week. 
  • And if you get Johnson & Johnson today, you’ll be one-and-done and ready for summer fun in just 2 weeks.

Summer camps will kick off soon. Children 12 and older are eligible for Pfizer vaccine. The sooner your kids get their first and second shots, the sooner they’ll be ready to safely join in the fun.

Safe travels.

Are you planning a summer trip? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated under its current guidelines.

But that means if you are fully vaccinated, you don’t have to get tested before or after travel unless your destination requires it, and you don’t need to self-quarantine.

If you have summer vacation plans, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 makes travel so much easier and safer, it makes perfect sense. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you still need to:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Backyard fun.

Some of the most dangerous settings throughout the pandemic have been large gatherings with family and friends. But the vaccine is changing that.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit with unvaccinated people, who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, from a single household indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if you are asymptomatic.

Summer is the time for backyard barbecues and family gatherings, all of which are so much safer when you are vaccinated.

This pandemic has been long and hard for all of us, but we are beginning to see signs of a return to normalcy. Summer is coming and with it comes hope.

Holidays, get-togethers, camps and more are waiting. Get vaccinated for COVID-19 today and enjoy.

Find your dose.

Register for your vaccination today at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture. Everyone 12 and older is eligible. You can also drop in at any clinic and get vaccinated without an appointment.

If you need a ride to an appointment or can’t easily leave your home, we can help! Call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Your role to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains critical.

Mount Rainier on a sunny summer day.