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.
General questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be sent to email@example.com 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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- Adams County: 509-488-2031, Adams County Integrated Health Care Services
- Asotin County: 509-243-3344, Asotin County Public Health
- Benton County: 509-460-4200 or 509-547-9737, Benton-Franklin Health District
- Chelan County: 509-886-6423, Chelan-Douglas Health District
- Clallam County: 360-417-2274, Clallam County Health and Human Services
- Clark County: 564-397-8000, Clark County Public Health
- Columbia County: 509-382-2181, Columbia County Public Health
- Cowlitz County: 1-888-683-8676, Cowlitz County Health and Human Services
- Douglas County: 509-886-6423, Chelan-Douglas Health District
- Ferry County: 509-684-7563, Northeast Tri County Health District
- Franklin County: 509-460-4200 or 509-547-9737, Benton-Franklin Health District
- Garfield County: 509-843-3412, Garfield County Health District
- Grant County: 509-766-7960, Grant County Health District
- Grays Harbor: 360-964-1850, Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services
- Island County: 360-678-5111, Island County Public Health
- Jefferson County: 360-385-9400, Jefferson County Public Health
- King County: 206-296-0100, Public Health - Seattle & King County
- Kitsap County: 1-800-525-0127, Kitsap Public Health District
- Kittitas County: 509-962-7515, Kittitas County Public Health
- Klickitat County: 509-773-4565, Klickitat County Public Health
- Lewis County: 360-740-1223, Lewis County Public Health and Social Services
- Lincoln County: 509-725-1001, Lincoln County Health Department
- Mason County: 360-427-9670, Mason County Public Health
- Okanogan County: 509-422-7140, Okanogan County Public Health
- Pacific County: 360-875-9407 or 360-642-9407, Pacific County Health and Human Services
- Pend Oreille County: 509-684-7563, Northeast Tri County Health District
- Pierce County: 253-649-1500, Tacoma - Pierce County Health Department
- San Juan County: 360-378-4474 or toll free (800) 370-0622, San Juan County Health and Community Services
- Skagit County: 360-416-1500, Skagit County Public Health
- Skamania County: 509-427-3850, Skamania County Community Health
- Snohomish County: 425-339-5200, Snohomish Health District
- Spokane County: 509-324-1500, Spokane Regional Health District
- Stevens County: 509-684-7563, Northeast Tri County Health District
- Thurston County: 360-867-2500, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
- Wahkiakum County: 888-452-0326, Wahkiakum County Public Health and Human Services
- Walla Walla County: 509-524-2647, Walla Walla County Community Health
- Whatcom County: 360-778-6000, Whatcom County Health Department
- Whitman County: 509-332-6752 or 509-397-6280, Whitman County Public Health
- Yakima County: 509-575-4040, Yakima Health District