What You Need to Know about the Next COVID-19 Vaccine Phases
More high-risk groups will be eligible soon.
Now more than ever, there’s reason for hope. And even more reason to find your vaccine phase.
This month, Washington state will move into the next COVID-19 vaccine tiers. That means even more people will soon be eligible for their vaccine!
What are Phases and Tiers?
We use the terms phases and tiers to help us plan who’s next. For COVID-19 vaccine planning, phases are large groups or categories of people at risk for disease. Tiers are smaller groups of people inside the phases.
Who’s eligible right now?
Right now, we are in Phase 1B, Tier 1. The vaccine is available for:
- Adults 65 and older.
- People over 50 that live in households where more than two generations live together.
- Healthcare workers and high-risk first responders.
- Staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
- Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and staff.
- Childcare providers.
Who’s eligible next?
More people will be eligible soon depending upon their jobs or risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Here are the next phases and the dates we expect to move into them. Please bear in mind that these dates may change for many reasons.
March 17 (Estimated)
People who work in high risk areas or have higher risks of severe illness. This includes:
Critical workers in enclosed areas that are around groups of people that may not be able to stay 6-feet apart. This includes people working in:
- fishing vessels.
- food processing facilities.
- grocery stores.
- food banks.
- prisons or jails.
- detention centers.
- public transit.
This group also includes:
- First responders not previously eligible.
- People over 16 who are pregnant.
- People over 16 with disabilities that put them at high-risk for severe illness.
April 12 (Estimated)
People over 50 with two or more underlying conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness.
April 26 (Estimated)
- People over 16 with two or more underlying conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness.
- Residents and staff of group homes for people with disabilities.
- Staff and volunteers working in correctional facilities.
- People working, living or accessing services in congregate (group) settings.
I’m in one of the new phases. How can I make an appointment?
Visit FindYourPhaseWA.org and answer a few questions. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive a confirmation message. Either print this out or take a picture of it with your phone. Bring the confirmation message to your appointment to show that you are eligible.
Please keep in mind the confirmation message is not an appointment and does not put you on a wait list for an appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit our Vaccine Locator website to find a provider near you.
If you need help making an appointment, call 2–1–1 or 1–800–525–0127 and press #.
Vaccine supplies are increasing every week, but it may still take some time to get an appointment. Providers are offering more appointments every day as more vaccine becomes available.
When will other groups be announced?
We all want to get our vaccine as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there’s just not enough vaccine available yet to tell when more people will be eligible.
We are moving closer to getting vaccines for everyone who wants one in Washington. As our supplies grow and with the addition of a new vaccine in Washington state, we have many reasons to remain hopeful. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move on to the next vaccine tiers this month. We will all get through this together!
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Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.
See what vaccine phase we are in now at CovidVaccineWA.org. To find out if it’s your turn, visit FindYourPhaseWA.org and our timeline of vaccine phases. Check the vaccine locator map for a list of places where you can get the vaccine, which is provided at no cost.
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.