Free at-home COVID-19 tests
People can now order free at-home COVID-19 tests through two different online programs:
- Federal program: www.COVIDtests.gov
- Washington state program: www.sayyescovidhometest.org (Washington residents only)
Each program provides one free test kit (4-5 tests per kit) per household. Tests are rapid antigen tests.
Ordering is easy and requires only a name and address. Test kits are delivered to the home at no cost.
The Washington State Department of Health program launched on Jan. 21. Supply will be limited initially, but the Department of Health will restock as supply increases to the state.
Everyone 5 years and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington. Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in people 5 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available for those 18 years and older.
People 12 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose 5 months after completing the Pfizer or Moderna primary series. People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a booster after 2 months.
COVID-19 vaccines are being offered at local medical clinics and pharmacies. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine webpages for more information:
- COVID-19 vaccine -- vaccine locations, booster doses
- About COVID-19 vaccines
- COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions
Visit the Public Health novel coronavirus webpage for the latest information on COVID-19 in Clark County, including data on local cases, recommendations for those who test positive or are in close contact with COVID-19 cases, testing locations and more.
Free at-home COVID-19 tests
The federal government has a website where people can order free at-home COVID-19 tests. The website, www.COVIDtests.gov, allows every US home to order a pack of four rapid antigen tests.
Ordering is easy and requires only a name and address. People can provide an email address to receive shipping notifications. Tests will be delivered within 7 to 12 days of ordering.
The website also has information about insurance reimbursement for at-home tests. Health insurance plans will reimburse the cost of eight at-home tests per month for every person on the plan.
Flu season is upon us, and the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community. Flu vaccination provides the best protection against influenza illness and can help to reduce the burden on local hospitals.
Flu activity was low last year because of flu vaccination and COVID-19 restrictions. But with many of those restrictions lifted this year, flu has a higher chance of spreading.
The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Those not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 – or those who are eligible for a booster dose – can safely get flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.
Solid waste code update
Public Health is seeking community feedback about proposed changes to the county’s Solid Waste Enforcement code. The last full review of the code was about 30 years ago.
Public Health is not proposing changes to its overall response and enforcement strategy. But Public Health is proposing several changes aimed at improving the county’s ability to protect the environment and public health.
Public Health is accepting public comments on the proposed code changes through Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Additional information about the code revision process, supporting documents for proposed changes and steps for submitting public comment are available on the Solid Waste webpage.
Public Health offices closed to in-person services
Clark County Public Health's offices remain closed to in-person services in consideration of the health of customers, employees and the community. Public Health will continue to evaluate COVID-19 activity to determine when in-person services can safely resume. All services are available online.
Birth and death certificates can be ordered online, and food worker testing can be done online. Public Health's online permitting portal enables residents to submit new permit applications, renewals and payments online. Users can also submit applications, make payments, upload required documents and review account activity.
Those who do not have access to the internet or need additional assistance, contact Public Health at 564.397.8000 for accommodations.
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