How can I get vaccinated in Washington state?

Washington state launched Phase 1A of its vaccine effort in December 2020, vaccinating medical workers and those living or working in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. On March 31, the state entered phase 1B, tiers 3 and 4 of vaccinations.

Then April 15, the Department of Health stated everyone 16 and up were eligible to get vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19: The basics

  • For the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, you will need to get two doses, spaced 3-4 weeks apart. It will take up to two weeks after your second dose for full protection.
  • On April 13, the state Department of Health paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine following Food and Drug Administration concerns over clotting. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also paused the use of the vaccine nationwide while officials investigate blood clots.
  • Even after getting vaccinated, the Department of Health and the CDC still ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • The federal government will cover the full cost of the vaccine, and you should not be charged out-of-pocket costs or receive a bill from your provider for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Moderna and Pfizer are 94-95% effective. The U.S. FDA authorized the vaccines for emergency use and found no serious safety concerns. Washington also independently reviewed the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and approved them as well. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 82% effective against severe disease.
  • Once you get the vaccine, the Department of Health says you may feel side effects such as a sore arm, fever, headaches or fatigue.
  • It is your choice to get the vaccine. You must be at least 16 to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 18 to get the Moderna vaccine, per the CDC.

Who can get the vaccine?

On April 15, everyone 16 years and older in Washington is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Anyone 16 years and older who lives or works in Washington state.

I am eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine - where can I get vaccinated?

Across Washington, the state Department of Health and county health departments have set up community vaccine sites. Hospitals, pharmacies and some doctor offices are also giving vaccinations.

Competition for vaccine supply continues to be high.

The map below shows vaccine locations around the state. Vaccine supply varies daily, and all of the locations below may not have the vaccine every day.

You can also use the vaccine locator to find a vaccine near you.

Additional resources

General questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be sent to covid.vaccine@doh.wa.gov or you can call the state’s call center at 1-800-525-0127.

The hotline is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and observed on state holidays.

Hotline specialists may be able to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible Washingtonians who do not have internet access or need help using online appointment scheduling tools.

Information for your local county health department can also be found below.

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