Expectant mothers and people with disabilities eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington

Mar 12 2021, 12:10 am

Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday that Washington will be expanding COVID-19 vaccination qualifications, following news that the entire state will be entering Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan.

Beginning Wednesday, March 17, all individuals in Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine.

This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, and public transit; firefighters; and people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at a higher risk.

According to Public Health Seattle and King County, 100% of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in King County have been visited by vaccinators. Fifty-nine percent of King County residents aged 75 years or older have at least one documented dose.

Sixty-eight percent of licensed healthcare workers have received at least one dose, and 17 mobile teams have been deployed in the field to vaccinate high-risk older adults in the county.

Currently, those aged 65 and older and people in Tiers 1 and 2 are eligible for the vaccine.

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