State expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

(PRESS RELEASE/Washington Department of Health)

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has expanded eligibility to Phase 1B, Tier 2 individuals for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those eligible in Phase 1B, Tier 2 include:

– People 16 years or older who are pregnant.
– People age 16 or older who have a disability that puts them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
– Disabilities must be: down syndrome, a developmental disability, intellectual disability, or are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low-vision, or deafblind AND that disability alone or
coupled with another underlying medical condition identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), increases their risk for severe outcomes.
– High-risk critical workers who work in certain congregate settings: Agriculture; fishing vessel crews; food processing; grocery stores; corrections; prisons, jails or detention centers; public transit; eligible: high density, high volume, enclosed settings like a grocery store or large food bank. Not Eligible: low density, low volume, open settings like a coffee shop, small convenience store, weekend farmer’s market or winery

If you think you’re included as a high-risk critical worker, but are not sure, here’s a quick way to assess your eligibility for vaccination in Phase 1B, Tier 2. Answer the four questions below:
1. Do you work in an enclosed setting?
2. Do you interact with a high volume of people?
3. Do you work more than 3 hours in a 24-hour time period?
4. Are you NOT able to consistently social distance (i.e., be more than 6 feet apart)?

You must be able to answer YES to all four of the above questions in order to be eligible for the vaccination. If you answer NO to any question, you are not eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B, Tier 2, but you will be in a later tier or phase. You can find more information about the DOH phases at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/VaccinationPhasesInfographic.pdf.

If you have questions about eligibility, we recommend you use the Washington State Department of Health Phase Finder Tool at www.FindYourPhaseWa.org.
As the next tier of eligibility opens, the focus within Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) is to prioritize those individuals who have been previously eligible and are on the waitlist. We continue to work to receive vaccine and schedule people from the waitlist. Those individuals who are in Phase 1B1, which includes all people 65 years or older and all people 50 years or older in multigenerational households, who have not signed up for the waitlist are encouraged to get scheduled.

The NETCHD call center is available Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. to help eligible residents schedule vaccination appointments. Residents in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties who are eligible for the vaccination can contact the call center at 509-684-2262, select option #4. We encourage you to contact the call center for scheduling or use the online registration form to get on the waitlist. You can find the online form at: https://netchd.wufoo.com/forms/m1pxzojl1g2bxao/.