As thousands of health care workers get vaccinated at hospitals in Washington, those who aren’t affiliated with a provider that received the vaccine are trying to figure out where they can go.
At Premier Physical Therapy in Mill Creek, Rachelle Nerger is trying to figure out where the physical therapists in her office can get vaccinated. She tried the Snohomish County Health Department and the Washington State Department of Health to get answers but hadn’t heard back, so she contacted KIRO 7.
KIRO 7 reached out to the Washington State Department of Health to figure out how health care workers in phase 1A, who work for a provider that didn’t get the vaccine, can get vaccinated.
The state explained that health care providers need a voucher letter from their employer, and then there’s a list of providers in each county who will vaccinate those unaffiliated health care workers. The state provided this link that explains the voucher letter that must be written by the employer and the list of providers by county that will be vaccinating community members. >>https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/821-129-WorkersNotGettingVaccine.pdf
In Snohomish County, Swedish will be vaccinating members of phase 1A next week and told KIRO 7:
“Swedish prioritized vaccine distribution for our high-risk, patient facing caregivers and providers. To date, we’ve vaccinated more than 14,000 employees and partner organization healthcare workers. While we continue to vaccinate these caregivers, we are finalizing details for a community clinic where we will capture those who are also categorized as Phase 1a, and are not affiliated with a larger health system. This clinic will start the week of Jan. 11. We look forward to being able to vaccinate all those who reach out to us outside of our organization.”
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