COVID Vaccine Updates

March 9, 2021 DOH Update

Department of Health adopts CDC guidance on safe behaviors post-vaccine

The state Department of Health on Tuesday adopted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for people who been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated people now can opt to:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people in private residences without wearing a mask, and
  • Gather indoors with unvacinated people from one other household in private residences (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

See the full press release for more information.

Snohomish County Health Officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, also spoke Tuesday about the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people, noting they “do not eliminate the recommendation to wear masks when out in public venues – even if you have been fully vaccinated.”

Prudence remains good policy during the pandemic.

“To keep it simple, I would suggest that you just continue as you have been doing, but realize that if you are together in a private space with another household, and you’ve both been fully vaccinated, then I think you can let the masks down,” Dr. Spitters said. “It is also still recommended that all individuals avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. Again, we still are in Phase 2, so keep it to two households and no more than 10 people. And if you develop any COVID-like symptoms, seek testing and isolate until you receive results, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.”

February 9, 2021 Update:

 OSPI published an updated FAQ  which includes many of the questions received related to the OSPI/Kaiser Permanente partnership for vaccination of school employees. They will also continue to post updates to their  COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for School Employees webpage.

January 29, 2021 Update:


OSPI - Kaiser Permanente Get Ready Plan For School Employees

OSPI - Kaiser Permanente Get Ready Plan FAQs


The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination. The department worked closely with the Governor’s Office to finalize prioritization for phase 1B, and we are pleased to be able to share eligible groups for this next phase of vaccination. This phase is broken up into four separate tiers.

In addition to partnership with Gov. Inslee and reliance on federal guidance, nearly 20,000 people across the state weighed in on the prioritization through focus groups, interviews, and surveys over the past few months. This feedback directly informed our recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization and allocation and continues to help us make sure our vaccine plans are equitable and protect those most at risk from COVID-19 infections.

“Vaccine prioritization decisions are complex, but based in a need for equitable distribution,” says Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah. “Our priority has been to get the vaccine to high-priority people first.”

This graphic shows the groups and the timeline for phase 1B. Broadly, groups eligible for vaccination in phase 1B include:

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 co-morbidities or underlying conditions

Phase 1B4 - (Tier 4)

  • High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings under 50 years
  • People, staff and volunteers 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

See the full press release for more information.

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DOH updates on vaccine distribution efforts

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH)continues to make progresswith our COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

As of Tuesday, 425,900 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Washington state, which includes allocations from both Moderna and Pfizer. Of that supply, providers have reported 110,225 total doses of vaccine administered since we began phase 1A in mid-December (26% administered). Please notethere is up to a three-day lag in data reported to the state database, so the actual total may be higher. These numbers also include doses set aside for long-term care facilities. The state shared also decisions onphase 1B groups plansWednesday.

“Right now, our priority is getting vaccine to people quickly so that we can stay on track and hit our goals of moving into Phase 1B by the middle of January,” said Assistant Secretary Michele Roberts, one of the leaders of the state’s vaccine effort. “We need the continued partnership of our local health and healthcare providers to plan and host clinics to get more vaccine into arms.”

The state anticipates the following forweek fourallocation:

  • Pfizer:
    • 62,400seconddoses.
    • 44,850firstdoses.
  • Moderna:
    • 44,100firstdoses.
    • Additional 200 doses placed for allocation available from a previous week.
  • Locations:
    • 103,825 doses will go to 135 sites in 34 counties.
    • 47,725 doses will go to support long-term care facilities and 5 tribes and Urban Indian Health Programs.
    • As of January 5, 2021, 477 facilities were officially enrolled to provide COVID-19 vaccine.

See thefull press releasefor more information.

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