Effective April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.
According to a press release from the Office of the Governor, Inslee and the state Department of Health have also prioritized equity in each phase to ensure vaccine access to populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including communities of color and low-income communities.
The expansion of eligibility comes, in part, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the state.
“We must do everything possible to ensure that we can keep cases down,” Inslee said during a press conference March 31. “We have concerns about the trends we are seeing across the state and we must be cautious. Opening up full eligibility will be one tool to help in the fight against the virus.”
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, go to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Residents can use the Vaccine Locator tool to register for a vaccination appointment by visiting https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.