State Advances Phase 1B2 Vaccine Eligibility

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On Wednesday, Washington moved into Phase 1B2.

People in Phase 1A, 1B1, and 1B2 are eligible to get vaccinated. This includes:

  • All people over 65 years-old
  • All people over 50 years-old who live in a multigenerational household
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • Health care workers
  • High-risk first responders
  • Educators and staff for pre-K through 12th grade
  • Childcare providers
  • People 16+ who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk.
  • High-risk critical workers:
    • First Responders
    • Court of Law
    • Public Transit
    • Grocery Store/Food Bank
    • Agriculture/Fishing Vessel/Food Processing
    • Corrections

As of March 17, an estimated 244,000 King County residents are now eligible under Phase 1B2. This is on top of nearly 105,000 recently eligible K-12 staff/childcare workers and the over 82,000 adults aged 65 and older who have not yet received a first dose. The county is asking residents for continued patience as vaccine supplies continue to ramp up and to not try to schedule an appointment until they are eligible.

Next Vaccine Phases

On Thursday, the Governor announced an expansion of vaccine eligibility, adding another two million Washingtonians to upcoming tiers. On March 31, vaccination appointments will open to anyone age 60 and older, as well as to many workers in congregate settings such as foodservice, manufacturing, and construction. All those who are eligible today will remain eligible. Learn more about eligibility phases here.

Where to Get the Vaccine

The state Department of Health (DOH) launched a new vaccine locator website that uses current data to identify doses near you:

Seattle Mass Vaccination Site at Lumen Field Now Open. A mass vaccination site at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Field) is open and operating. The site is open to the entire region. Appointments can be scheduled at Current site vaccination levels: 5,000 doses over 2-3 days. Once vaccine supplies increase, the site could administer 20,000 vaccinations daily.

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