Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Over the past four months 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.
The governor and the state Department of Health (DOH) have also prioritized equity issues 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 Wednesday. “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.
“If we get vaccinated and continue the health practices that keep those around us healthy – masks, distancing and basic hygiene – we’re going to knock this virus down. But we cannot get complacent. We feel like we are done with COVID, but this virus is not done with us yet.”
Roughly 3.3 million doses have been administered in Washington to date, and more than one million residents have been fully vaccinated.
Find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Use the Vaccine Locator tool to register for a vaccination appointment here.
For DOH’s COVID-19 Information Hotline, dial 1.800.525.0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
On March 11, 2021, Governor Inslee announced the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The governor also announced that a new third phase of the Roadmap has been added, and effective Monday, March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3.
The complete Healthy Washington phased chart is available here.
Important Reference Documents
- County Phase Status(“Roadmap to Recovery”)
- Outdoor and Open-air Structures(with FAQ)
- Facial Coverings Guidance for Businesses
- Voluntary Contact Information
Healthy Washington Requirements
The following business activities must adhere to the occupancy and operation requirements outlined for their region’s Healthy Washington phase:
- Spectator Events– Updated March 26
Religious and Faith-Based Organizations
- Religious and Faith-Based Organizations– Updated March 23
- Professional Services– Updated March 19
- Personal Services– Updated March 19
Eating and Drinking Establishments
- Eating and Drinking Establishments– Updated March 17
Weddings, Funerals and Events
- Weddings, Funerals and Events– Updated March 23
Sports, Recreation and Fitness
- Fitness and Training– Updated March 26
- Outdoor Recreation– Updated March 23
- Water Recreation– Updated March 23
- Sporting Activities– Updated March 26
- Sporting Activities FAQ– Updated March 24
- Racing: non-motorized and motorized– Updated March 23
- Golf– Updated March 18
Indoor Entertainment Establishments
- Indoor Entertainment– Updated March 24
- Bowling– Updated March 18
- Card Rooms– Updated March 18
- Movie Theaters– Updated March 19
- Museums– Updated March 19
Outdoor Entertainment Establishments
All employers must follow COVID-19 prevention protocols for employees as required by the Department of Labor and Industries. Industry-specific workplace requirements are listed below:
Additional Industry Requirements
- Agricultural Industry
- Agricultural Events– Updated March 19
- Agritourism– Updated March 19
- Car Washes
- Domestic Services
- In Store Retail– Updated March 17
- Libraries– Updated March 22
- Miscellaneous Venues– Updated March 19
- Motion Picture Industry
- Outdoor Maintenance/Landscaping
- Pet Grooming
- Professional Photography– Updated March 19
- Real Estate– Updated March 17
- Theater and Performing Arts– Updated March 23
- Vehicle and Vessel Sales
- Workforce Education Programs
For additional industry-specific safety practices, including those for Farm and Agricultural Workers, Food Workers and Establishments, schools, healthcare providers, and others, please visit the Department of Health’s Resources and Recommendations Page.
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