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COVID- 19 Vaccines Available for Current Students

Aerial View of Vaccine Clinic in the Student Recreation Center

Cougar Health Services is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to current WSU Pullman students who are eligible, based on guidelines provided by the Washington Department of Health.

  • Appointments are required. Eligible students must call Cougar Health Services (509-335-3575) to schedule their appointment.
  • Bring your CougarCard or some form of Identification.

Clinic Schedules

  • FULL Thursday, March 25 (Primer) and Thursday, April 15 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 2 (Primer) and Friday, April 23 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 9 (Primer) and Friday, April 30 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • Friday, April 16 (Primer) and Friday, May 7 (Booster) – Appointments are not yet available. 

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find open clinics in the community.

Current eligibility includes, but is not limited to:

  • Expanded Eligibility (Effective April 16)
    • All Washingtonians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Expanded Eligibility (Effective March 31)
    • People 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions.
      • Some underlying conditions include asthma, diabetes, being overweight or obesity, chronic illnesses, smoking (current or former) or substance use disorders.
      • You will not be asked to identify your underlying conditions when scheduling an appointment.
    • All people 60 years and older.
    • People, staff and volunteers in certain congregate living settings: correctional facilities; groups homes for people with disabilities; settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services.
    • High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings: restaurants, food services, construction and manufacturing
  • All people 16 or older who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • High-risk health care workers in health care settings, high risk first responders
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • All people 65 years and older
  • All people 50 and older in multigenerational homes
  • Educators and staff for pre-K through 12th grade
  • Child care providers
  • High risk critical workers in certain congregate settings: agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, corrections, prisons/jails/detention centers, first responders, public transit.

See complete eligibility information here. 

The Washington State vaccination plan focuses on equity. This approach prioritizes population groups who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to external social factors and systemic inequities, including people of color; people with limited English proficiency; people in shared housing, crowded housing, and multigenerational homes; people in poverty and low-wage earners; people with disabilities that are connected to underlying health conditions that may put them at higher risk of COVID-19; and people with access barriers to healthcare. The social vulnerability index is one of several inputs informing equitable vaccine allocation.


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

 

 

With COVID-19 looming, flu shots take on greater importance

You may have heard that this year is supposed to be a mild flu season, that the flu vaccine is never 100 percent effective or that it is dangerous to visit a doctor’s office with the presence of COVID-19. While there may be some truth to these statements, they do not outweigh the benefits of getting the flu shot in a year where we’ve all been so greatly impacted by a worldwide pandemic.

Experts have warned that:

  • The mixture of flu with COVID-19 cases could overwhelm hospitals.
  • Both viruses present with similar symptoms, so patients could be quarantined or isolated by mistake.
  • Vulnerable populations take on even higher risk because COVID-19 and flu spread similarly.
  • People could catch both viruses at the same time.

Luckily, a widely available and safe vaccine already exists for the flu, but not everyone realizes how much getting their flu shot could mean for the general well-being of others.

Consider these responses to common sentiments:

“It’s supposed to be a mild flu season this year, so I don’t need a shot.”

It’s true, experts are predicting a mild flu season in the U.S. due to several factors—less travel, more mask-wearing and physical distancing. However, it is also very possible for our health system to be overwhelmed with even a mild flu season. Your decision to get vaccinated will significantly reduce strain on the healthcare system and won’t put others, who may have a greater chance of getting sick, unnecessarily at risk.

“The flu vaccine isn’t really that effective.”

The vaccine’s effectiveness cannot be assessed until flu season ends, and efficacy in previous years has no bearing on this year. Even if the vaccine is only 50 percent effective, it’s still going to reduce the severity of symptoms if you happen to get sick.

“With Covid around, the doctor’s office is the last place I want to be.”

Healthcare offices take much more stringent precautions than the general public when protecting against disease. Risk permeates there, like anywhere, but it’s a low risk as long you’re following masking and distancing guidelines.

Now ask yourself, would you be willing to suffer a small inconvenience to make a big difference? With the public health climate reeling from the spread of COVID-19, it’s more important now to get a very easy, very accessible flu shot whether it’s for the essential worker ringing up your groceries or an elderly neighbor or loved one. You could do it for your residence hall, roommates, or for your friends and family. Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy.

So please, plan right now where you will go and when to get your flu shot. Find a pharmacy, clinic, or an outreach like Flu Shot Friday on the WSU Pullman campus to get your vaccine. Brave the notion that your smart, healthy choices can make a difference for your community—whatever your community looks like right now—and take the steps necessary to responsibly prepare for the flu season.

 

Still wondering if you’re eligible to get a flu shot at Flu Shot Friday? Check out this flowchart and decide for yourself!

 

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm

University of California San Francisco: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/09/418406/why-covid-19-means-you-need-flu-shot-year

Become a peer health educator

Zoom collage of 22 participants in a peer educator meeting.

Peer health educators are a diverse group of undergraduate leaders who work with us to educate and empower their fellow students. Students who participate in this program facilitate workshops, represent CHS at campus events, and collaborate with campus partners. Our peer health education program is currently operating online.

We consistently hear from students who are interested in peer health education programs, and studies show that students view peer health educators as credible and trustworthy sources of information. The program is supported by the Service & Activity Fee and will help increase our collaboration with students.

Students who participate in the program will receive a range of professional development opportunities, including training and hands-on experience. Peer educators will develop leadership and public speaking skills, foster positive working relationships, and gain foundational knowledge in a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, mental heal

th, substance use, and sexual health.

The application for becoming a peer health educator is open. Due to COVID-19, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis rather than having a strict close date.

Students who are accepted into the program will receive BACCHUS training online. Students will then take an exam for their peer educator certification. The program has a one-year commitment with 25 hours of involvement per semester and bi-weekly meetings which occur on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm via Zoom.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Bekah MillerMacPhee.

Our Commitment to the Mental Health of our Black and African American Students

 

To our WSU Pullman Community,

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and Tony McDade, among so many others have devastated our communities. We know the Black and African American communities are facing extreme physical and emotional trauma in these times. We stand in solidarity with those feeling anger, grief, fear, and sadness in response to the brutality that is adding to our anguish in this troubling and uncertain period in our history. We are aware of the impact of systemic oppression on the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty. We recognize that recent events will impact people differently based on their position in the historical context of our society, which has given rise to oppression.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to affirming and providing care to students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma. If you are struggling emotionally, academically, or for any other reason, please know that we will continue providing teletherapy via Zoom or phone. We want to empower you to seek whatever help you need and what will be meaningful to you — whether that be in the form of counseling or referrals to other university and/or community resources. We are available for crisis, single-session counseling, and ongoing counseling to students who are located in Washington state. The way to initiate all appointments is to call our office at 509-335-4511.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Cougs help Cougs.

Counseling and Psychological Services


Self-Care Resources:

Counseling Resources for Individuals of Color:

  • The Washington Counselors of Color Network works to connect clients with counselors who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures. There are many resources for those on west side of Washington.
  • The Black Virtual Therapist Network provides an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
  • The Latinx Therapy directory is a bilingual database that connects individuals with therapists and other providers nationwide.
  • Black Mental Wellness, Corp, provides information on mental and behavioral health from a Black perspective.
  • Crisis Text Line, text STEVE to 741741 for support specific to college and university students of color.

WSU Resources:

Books for members of our community wanting to challenge themselves to learn more about racial inequality in our society and the steps they can take to becoming anti-racist:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
  • …But, I’m Not Racist (Tools for Well-Meaning Whites) by Kathy Obear
  • What is White Privilege, Really? By Cory Collins

Other resources for those who want to know what steps to take to become allies:

Cougar Health Services is Open

Whether you are in Pullman or finishing your semester somewhere else, Cougar Health Services is still providing the care you need.

We have taken precaution to reduce the spread of illness, including:

  • transitioning to telehealth for most appointment types, including initial phone screenings for respiratory illnesses,
  • using personal protective equipment (PPE),
  • staggering in-person appointments,
  • proper cleaning practices as recommended by the CDC and Department of Health,
  • and enforcing social distancing in our spaces.

Our highly-skilled health care providers and mental health care providers understand the unique needs of students and offer a wide range of services to support Cougs.

Summer coverage begins the Monday after commencement and continues one week after the last day of the final summer session.  Find more information about service coverage or contact us at 509-335-3575.

Call first for ALL appointments.

Many services do not require an in-person visit. Calling in advance helps us avoid the potential spread of infection and allows staff to provide appropriate care for you and those who are currently in the clinic.

Medical Clinic: 509-335-3575

  • Primary care
  • 24/7 mental health crisis services
  • Gynecological and sexual health
  • Transgender health
  • Sports medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Travel medicine
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory and x-ray (third party vendor)

Counseling and Psychological Services: 509-335-4511

After-hours crisis counseling services: 509-335-2159

  • Telehealth appointments are available for new and existing clients.
  • 24/7 mental health crisis services
  • Psychiatric services

Pharmacy: 509-335-5742

  • Prescription services
  • Prescription transfers to your local pharmacy
  • Over-the-counter retail products

Vision Clinic: 509-335-0360

  • Urgent eyecare needs, such as injuries, contact refills or assistance if your eyeglasses are broken.
  • Curbside pickup available for additional items from our retail store. Please call in advance.

Health Promotion: 509-335-9355

  • Community strategies and programs to promote mental health and prevent violence and substance abuse

Student Insurance: 509-335-3575

  • Certified health insurance navigators to help you understand your options
  • WSU-administered insurance for international students, graduate assistants

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The mental health impact of this pandemic is very real.  If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, you are not alone. Most people have never experienced such a large-scale challenge, and this one may affect our mental and physical well-being, our finances, our social connections, and the health and safety of our loved ones.  Isolation, changes in school and employment, and concern about our families and friends can increase feelings of worry, fear, and sadness. It’s even harder to navigate these challenges when we may not have access to our typical coping strategies and ways of practicing self-care.

We’re all learning new ways to cope and adapt to new daily habits and uncertainty about what the future holds. Please check out the resources below for help in developing and maintaining healthy habits, and for information about ways to access help if you need it.

Real Talk Thursdays: All WSU Students

Real Talk Thursdays are 30-minute workshops where mental health professionals cover different wellness topics every week. These sessions are free and open to WSU students from all campuses. Check out our Spring 2021 lineup:

All sessions will be presented via Zoom on Thursday from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

  • April 8 – Living Life for Yourself (Not Just Everyone Else) Join Zoom
    • Learn tips on how to prioritize your own values and have healthy boundaries with others.
  • April 15 – Let’s Take a Break! (Relaxation Skills) Join Zoom

Replay fall semester recordings on our YouTube channel too!

Coping with COVID: All WSU Students

Coping with COVID is designed to teach students coping skills, how to seek help if needed, and how to provide support to others who may be in distress. This workshop is now open to students from all WSU campuses and registration closes at 4 p.m. the day before the workshop is set to begin.

  • Tuesday, April 6, 6-7 p.m. – Register
  • Tuesday, April 20, 6-7 p.m. – Register
  • Tuesday, April 27, 6-7 p.m. – Register

This workshop is also available for groups by request

Tips and Resources from our CAPS Counselors in Cougar Health Services:

Text “@Stress” to 844-486-0046 to get personalized stress management techniques sent to your phone.

We will check in with you occasionally to see how you are doing and we will send you regular tips and reminders for lowering stress, customized to your individual stress level. We have adapted some of our content to be particularly helpful in addressing COVID-19 related stress.

You may also benefit from checking out techniques to cope with worry, stress, anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, outlined by our community partners at Palouse River Counseling (PRC).

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be providing all services by secure Zoom or telephone. Please call the reception desk at 509-335-4511 during regular business hours to access services, whether you are a current counseling client, current psychiatry client, or a student who wants to start counseling.

Previous Topics

Spring 2021

  • January 28 – Self-Care During COVID: Using the 5 Senses
  • February 4 – Going from Ally to Advocate: Standing with the BIPOC Community
  • February 11 – Dating (Safely) During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • February 18 – What’s Your Relationship Attachment Style?
  • March 4 – How to Advocate for Yourself: From the Classroom to Personal Life
  • March 11 – How Important is Sleep, Really?
  • March 25 – Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationship Communication
  • April 1 – Staying Motivated Through Zoom Fatigue

Fall 2020

  • What’s Your Pandemic Attachment Style in Relationships? – October 1
  • Virtually Social: Making Connections at a Distance – October 8
  • ACTivism: Being an Ally on Social Media and IRL – October 15 – Video
  • (Un)Healthy: Signs of a Healthy vs. Toxic Relationships – October 22 – Video
  • Tell Me Something Good! Building Healthy Positivity – October 29 – Video
  • Managing Pre-Election Stress – October 29 – Video
  • I Need My Space! The Stress of Staying at Home – November 5 – Video
  • Navigating Post-Election Reactions – November 5
  • Normal Reactions to Abnormal Events – November 12 – Video
  • Let’s Take a Breather- Relaxation During Times of Stress – November 19 – Video

Spring 2020

  • Coping Through the Covid-19 Pandemic – April 3
  • Pain of Missing Out (POMO) in the Pandemic – April 10
  • I Need My Space!” The Stress of Staying Home and How to Cope – April 1