The Kitsap County Health District is now offering Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to Pfizer and Moderna, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the clinic in downtown Bremerton. The Kitsap County Health District is partnering with Bremerton Housing Authority to offer a special pop-up clinic on August 25 at The Summit at Bay Vista. Scroll down for clinic information or visit the vaccine calendar.
Why is the Novavax vaccine just now being offered?
The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in the United States in July 2022. It was already in use in more than 40 other countries. Kitsap Public Health District is offering Novavax as an additional COVID-19 vaccine option.
Who can get the Novavax vaccine?
The Novavax vaccine has been authorized as a two-dose, primary series for people 18 and older. It has not yet been authorized for use as a booster dose.
The Novavax vaccine can provide an alternative for people who have allergies or adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether Novavax is a good option for you. Novavax might also appeal to people who do not feel comfortable in receiving mRNA vaccines.
How is Novavax different from Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were developed using mRNA technology. The Novavax vaccine was developed using an older, protein-based technique.
mRNA vaccines use harmless genetic material to teach the cells how to make spike proteins, which stimulate the immune response needed to fight the COVID-19 virus. Protein-based vaccines, such as Novavax, inject spike proteins to stimulate the same immune response.
All COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are safe and effective for preventing COVID-19 and protecting against severe illness. Short-term side effects from Novavax vaccination, such pain or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, nausea and fever, are similar to those experienced by people who receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. More severe allergic reactions and side effects can occur, but are very rare.
Read the full Novavax fact sheet for recipients and caregivers.
- Help keep the clinics safe for all! If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance and wait 10 days before coming to one of the vaccination clinics.
- Masks: All patients and employees are required to wear masks at vaccination clinics.
- There is no charge for vaccination and insurance is not required. Vaccination is available to everyone regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
- For additional assistance, call 360-728-2007 (for Spanish, 360-728-2218), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT CLINICS - WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
Location, hours & appointments: Kitsap Public Health District, Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Suite 300, Bremerton. 12:30 - 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Use the clinic calendar to find and book an appointment. Check in at the reception area on the third floor when you arrive for your appointment.
- Pfizer for ages 5; Primary and booster doses; Minors younger than 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.
- Moderna for ages 6+; Primary and booster doses for eligible.
- Novavax for ages 18; Two-dose primary series.
- Johnson & Johnson for ages 18. First and booster doses available for eligible patients. NOTE: The FDA has limited authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Kitsap Public Health will only administer Johnson & Johnson vaccination to patients who provide a written recommendation from their primary healthcare provider.
BREMERTON HOUSING AUTHORITY CLINIC | AUGUST 25
Location, hours & appointments: The Summit at Bay Vista, 4650 Bay Vista Blvd, Bremerton. 12-2 p.m., August 25. This is a walk-up clinic only — no appointment needed. You can complete patient paperwork in advance using this link
- Pfizer for ages 5+. Primary and booster doses. Minors younger than 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.
- Moderna for ages 12. Primary and booster doses for eligible.