Update: COVID-19 vaccinations in Washington

Wed, 03/31/2021

On March 31, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated eligibility requirements for receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. They discontinued the Phase Finder eligibility tool and moved Washington from Phase 1B tier 2 to Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4. Providers are no longer required to receive the Phase Finder eligibility confirmation either to schedule or complete an appointment.

Update: Per Governor Inslee’s announcement, all Washington state residents age 16 and up will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15.

Who is eligible now?

In addition to those eligible during Phase 1B tier 2, the following individuals are eligible under Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4:

  • People 16 years or older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
  • All people 60 years and older
  • People, staff, and volunteers in certain congregate living settings: correctional facilities; group homes for people with disabilities; settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services
  • High-risk critical workers* in certain congregate settings: agriculture, fishing vessel crews, food processing, grocery store/food bank, corrections (prisons, jails, detention centers), court of law, public transit, remaining first responders, restaurants, food services, construction, and manufacturing
  • People 16 years or older who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness
  • All people 50 and older who live in a multigenerational household
  • All workers in health care settings
  • Educators and school staff for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and child care workers
  • People who live or work in long-term care facilities

*Work in an enclosed space around other people and cannot maintain physical distance

How do I find a vaccine provider and make an appointment? 

Visit DOH's Vaccine Locator to view providers in your area with available appointments. The vaccine locator tool is available in 30 languages. To access the locator in another language, select the language dropdown in the upper right-hand corner of the tool.

What can I expect from the vaccine?

COVID vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Side effects are normal, and vary from person to person. To learn more about possible side effects and what you can do, review the Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For individuals requiring a sign language accommodation, view the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine: What To Expect video on YouTube.

Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

No. There is no cost to individuals who receive the vaccine.

Do I have to use a network provider?

No. You may receive the vaccine from any health care facility that is offering the vaccine. Use the Vaccine Locator to find vaccine providers near you, or speak to your doctor.

As more vaccines become available, eligibility will expand. Learn more about the vaccine and who gets the vaccine and when on the DOH website.