COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered in Washington state, with allocations of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines at identified provider locations across Washington, and shipments of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine expected in March. The Washington State Department of Health is taking a phased approach to vaccine distribution and administration. Learn more below.
State Redoubles COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
State officials have announced a multipronged approach to accelerating Washington's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The updated strategy includes increasing eligibility and capacity, organizing mass vaccination clinics, and bringing private partners on board. Make sure your practice is prepared. Learn more.
Enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Practice, clinics, and other facilities interested in administering COVID-19 vaccine must enroll in the federal COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Visit the DOH website for details. For questions about the enrollment process or for technical assistance, please contact
The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with our health profession boards and commissions, has made it easier for retired health care workers or those with inactive licenses to get back into the workforce and help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. On Jan. 31, Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah signed the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorization, allowing workers with expired or inactive licenses to administer COVID-19 vaccines under certain circumstances.
To participate, health care workers must first register WAserv.org. Check the Department of Health's health care provider resource page for a registration guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for navigating WAserv.
Before registering, participants will need to have access to their previous Washington state credential numbers, which may be obtained through the Department of Health’s Provider Credential Search. The Department of Health will also be checking out of state credentials for any disciplinary history.
After registering, participants must wait to receive confirmation from the Department of Health that they are authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines under Dr. Shah’s authorization. For more details about WAserve, be sure to review the FAQs linked to from the WAserve homepage, or available here. If you still have questions about registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Prioritization
The Washington State Department of Health has moved up its timeline for public vaccinations, moving the state into the first tier of Phase 1B. The Department of Health also increased eligibility for the phase, lowering the minimum age in this first tier to all residents 65 or older, in line with the federal government's updated guidance issued last week. The state will continue to prioritize older adults in multigenerational households under the new guidance. New: As of March 2, the Department of Health is adding educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington's Phase 1B-1 immediately. Please see this Department of Health news release for more information.
State officials say they are moving up the timeline and expanding eligibility to give vaccine providers greater flexibility, and that communities still vaccinating workers in health care settings should continue prioritizing getting them protected. The state has set a goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day, and is working to build capacity now, under the assumption of increasing vaccine supplies in the weeks ahead.
Details on the state's vaccine distribution planning can be found on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.
Feedback on state vaccine prioritization
The Department of Health is continually gathering feedback on the COVID-19 vaccination process.
Visit the DOH website to learn more about engagement
efforts and how to provide feedback. For questions about the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, please contact
COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup
COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, and California, reviews the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines when approved by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. State officials believe this added layer of independent expert review will help build confidence in
the vaccine. Washington's representatives on the work group include Edgar Marcus, MD, University of Washington, and John Dunn, MD, Kaiser
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