WA COVID-19 Vaccination Plan-WHO Gets It Next?
The Washington State Department of Health has released a plan for the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination. The department worked with Governor Inslee's office for phase 1B. According to a release, the following groups will be eligible for the plan, which is in four tiers.
Phase 1B1 - (Tier 1)
All people 70 years and older
People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households
Phase 1B2 - (Tier 2)
High-risk critical workers 50 years and older who work in certain congregate settings: Agriculture; food processing; grocery stores; K-12 (teachers and school staff); childcare; corrections, prisons, jails or detention facilities (staff); public transit; fire; law enforcement
Phase 1B3 - (Tier 3)
People 16 years or older with two or more comorbidities or underlying conditions
Phase 1B4 - (Tier 4)
High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings under 50 years
People, staff, and volunteers of all ages in congregate living settings:
Correctional facilities; group homes for people with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings
Approximately 20,000 Washingtonians assisted with the making of the prioritization plan through focus groups, surveys, and interviews.
It's important to note that Washington state is STILL in phase 1A of the vaccination plan.
Many pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals are vaccinating people in 1A1 (tier 1), and others have moved to 1A2 (tier 2). While phase 1A is still the priority, we hope that the release of phase 1B guidance will help facilities, counties, and individuals plan for the months ahead. Once we’re ready to start phase 1B, we will let our communities know how and where to get the vaccine.
Read more from the WA Department of Health here.