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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines

For patients seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, eligibility and vaccine location information can be found on the state's Vaccine Locator, or by calling the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 800.525.0127, then press #.

Information for health care professionals below.





Instilling COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The WSMA is joining with health care partners across the state 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 WSMA offers the following resources to help you and your practice or organization.

Key COVID-19 vaccine messages

The WSMA, together with our state and our health partners, are reinforcing these key COVID-19 vaccine messages:

  • When it’s your turn, don’t hesitate, vaccinate.
  • All three COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective in protecting you from serious illness and death.
  • The best vaccine is the first vaccine that’s available to you.

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

The WSMA has produced a new 45-second PSA featuring WSMA President Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, called “Don't hesitate, just vaccinate!.”

“Let’s lay vaccine hesitancy to rest in Washington state” oped from WSMA president

Your WSMA president also penned an oped that ran in the Tacoma News Tribune that leveraged his role as an emergency department physician on the front lines of the pandemic to instill vaccine confidence.

Countering hesitancy in patients and health care workers

Concerns around COVID-19 vaccines’ safety and efficacy are some of the top barriers to vaccination. In a recent Washington State Department of Health webinar, 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. View the archived webinar on the Department of Health website.

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for physicians and health care providers

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

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 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive one in Washington state starting April 15. 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.

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. For questions about the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, please contact COVID.vaccine@doh.wa.gov.

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

COVID-19 vaccination training

COVID-19 vaccine information

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