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. The state is now in phase 1B of vaccinations.
- 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. Even after getting the vaccine, 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.
- Both vaccines are 94-95% effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration 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.
- People at highest risk will get the vaccine first - more information on that below.
- 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.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Jan. 18 that phase 1B of vaccinations is beginning. The next phase includes:
- Everyone 65 and older
- People 50 and older living in multi-generational households
The state Department of Health believes these two phases will likely take until spring or summer to complete. The graphic below provides a general idea of how the state plans to vaccinate the rest of phase 1, but specific information on who is eligible for future phases is not yet available, and this page will be updated once it is.
The Department of Health also launched a tool on its website called Phase Finder that lets you check eligibility and sign up to get notified when it is your turn to get vaccinated. The tool asks questions about where you work, your age and any health conditions you may have.
If you are not currently eligible to get the vaccine, Phase Finder will prompt you for your email or phone number so the Department of Health can notify you once you are eligible.
The tool sometimes crashes and users might get a “404 error” when trying to access the site, but the state is working to fix these issues. If you try the website and it is unavailable, try again later.
If you want to learn about your eligibility but do not have internet access or would prefer to use the phone, you can contact the state’s call center at 1-800-525-0127. Information for your local county health department is also available below.
Across Washington, the state Department of Health and county health departments are working to set up community vaccine sites. Hospitals, pharmacies and some doctors offices are also getting ready for mass vaccinations.
Since phase 1B is a large group and some of phase 1A is still being vaccinated, competition for vaccine supply is likely to be high for the next few months.
This 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.
General questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the state’s call center at 1-800-525-0127.
Starting on Feb. 22, the Department of Health will be optimizing the hours for its COVID-19 information hotline.
The hotline will be from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and observed on state holidays.
Information for your local county health department can also be found below.
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