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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines

For patients or parents seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the state's Vaccine Locator, or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 800.525.0127, then press #.

Information for health care professionals below.





Instilling COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The WSMA has joined the Washington State Department of Health to help promote confidence in, and uptake of, life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. Our members are the key to our success in this endeavor. By leveraging the trust patients have in their physicians, you can help ensure Washingtonians are receiving guidance based on sound science and good medical practice—and help counter the increasing barrage of misinformation circulating on- and offline.

The following resources can help you and your practice or organization in this effort.

Please reach out to your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine

Many patients have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its impact on their health. WSMA President Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, sent a message to all physicians and physicians assistants in Washington urging them to reach out to their patients directly to talk to them about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Download the president's message, which includes a sample message you can send to your patients.

Remember: Many patients have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Please make yourself available to talk to your patients about the vaccine, regardless of your specialty.

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for physicians and health care providers

The DOH offers a new provider toolkit featuring educational materials and information designed to instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

Key COVID-19 vaccine messages

The WSMA and the Washington State Department of Health are reinforcing these key COVID-19 vaccine messages:

  • Don’t hesitate, vaccinate.
  • All three COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective in protecting you and protecting others.
  • Talk to your doctor today about getting the shot.

“Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate!” public service announcement

The WSMA and the DOH have produced a 45-second PSA featuring WSMA President Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, called “Don't hesitate, just vaccinate!.” Share freely with your networks.

Messages from the WSMA president

Your WSMA president has authored or co-authored editorials urging public confidence in all three life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.

Countering hesitancy in patients and health care workers

WSMA members Bob Lutz, MD, from the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Response Team, and John H Vassall MD, physician executive for quality, safety & equity at Comagine Health, shared best practices for addressing Washingtonians' hesitancy and how to approach communities with significant health disparities in a recent webinar. View the archived webinar on the Department of Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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 COVID.vaccine@doh.wa.gov.

Volunteers needed

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 waserv@doh.wa.gov.

COVID-19 vaccine distribution and prioritization

Everyone 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The state’s phased eligibility approach has helped ensure those most vulnerable were the first to be vaccinated, including older adults, those in long term care facilities, critical health care workers, and more.

Details on the state's vaccine distribution planning can be found on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

The 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 Permanente Washington.

COVID-19 vaccine clinical and safety information

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