WA State Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccination rollout begins.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has identified Phase 1a as the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Phase 1a includes:

• High-risk workers in health care settings

• High-risk first responders

• Residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance

• Once these categories are completed, all workers in health care settings may be vaccinated

Unaffiliated workers, or people who qualify for the vaccine in Phase 1a but whose employers aren’t offering the vaccine directly, may be able to get the vaccine from another provider. The Department of Health is recommending the use of a voucher letter for workers to get their vaccinations from providers they are not affiliated with.