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Getting a Vaccine- FAQs

How Much Does a COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?

It's Free! The US government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Where can I get a vaccine?

If you're in Ellensburg there is a detailed list of vaccination locations listed below. If you're not in Ellensburg, you can use this Vaccine Finder.

How long does it take to get a vaccine?

The actual vaccination is very quick, but it may take a little while to fill out forms, and if it's your first time getting a COVID vaccine, you may be asked to hang out in the vaccine location for 15 minuets after the vaccine to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction to anything in the vaccine. 

Does it hurt?

You may experience a brief sharp pain at the injection site when the vaccine is injected, but it will only last a minute, and sometimes it doesn't hurt at all. If you're concerned about pain from the vaccination, talk to the health care worker administering the shot, and they will have some tips for helping you through it. 

Will I feel sick afterwards?

It is common to feel a little tired or under the weather after your vaccine shots, and more people feel under the weather after their second shot. You feel this way because your immune system is working hard to learn how to practice fighting off a COVID-19 infection, and so you will likely feel more exhausted and tired than normal. You can prepare for this by timing your second dose so that you can spend a lot of time relaxing and taking it easy afterwards. 

This article and video explain in more detail why this happens: Understanding COVID-19 vaccine side effects, why second dose could feel worse - Mayo Clinic News Network

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

If you have previously received a covid-19 vaccine you should bring your COVID-19 vaccine card. If you have insurance, you should bring your insurance card as well. However you do not need insurance to get vaccinate, and you will not have to pay for the vaccine regardless of whether or not you're insured. 

During times when there is limited availability or only certain people are eligible for the vaccine you may need to bring a form of state-issued ID that shows your name and age. 

If it is your first time getting the vaccine you should bring a book or other activity to keep you occupied while you wait. 

Vaccine Locations in Ellensburg

The following locations in Ellensburg are providing COVID-Vaccinations.

CWU Student Health Services- 

  • Student Health Services provides vaccines to students, but you do need to make an appointment  by calling (509) 962-9841 in advance. 
  • Only the most recent booster shots are currently available here.
    • Vaccine clinics held in the SURC may have all doses.
  • Their fall, winter, and spring quarter hours are: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Kittitas Valley Hospital

  • Call (509) 962-9841 to schedule an appointment


Fred Meyer- 

Super 1 Foods- 

  • Schedule an appointment online
  • Offers walk-in vaccinations during their pharmacy hours: M-F: 9 am - 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Pharmacy Phone: (509) 962-7777

Rite Aid-

  • Schedule an appointment online
  • Walk up vaccines available everyday during pharmacy hours (9:00-1:00; 2:00-6:00; 7:00-9:00)
  • Pharmacy Phone: (509) 925-4232

Whole Health Pharmacy- 

  • Pharmacy Phone: (509) 925-6800