Proof of Washington residency must be shown prior to receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 28 2021, 8:31 pm

Washington State requires that those seeking COVID-19 vaccines in its four mass vaccination sites must either live or work in Washington state.

Those who register for vaccines at the Ridgefield, Spokane, Kennewick, and Wenatchee sites will be asked to provide one of the following:

  • driver’s license or work/school ID
  • letter with your address
  • utility bill
  • statement/letter with a Washington State address
  • voucher from an employer, faith-based institution, healthcare provider, school, or other registered organization or agency, etc. that the person lives or works in Washington State

The state will not be searching for citizenship or immigration status, as all eligible people living or working in Washington should get vaccinated.

Washington State Department of Health provided in a written statement that the site of the vaccines will not make copies or record information in any way. The check is only to ensure that the person currently resides or works in Washington state.

Sites are open by appointment only to those who have pre-registered and are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B-1.

Each site will receive assistance from the Washington National Guard as well as local and private-sector partners.

“As our vaccine allocations increase, these sites will provide additional capacity to get people vaccinated quickly and efficiently across the state,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health, in a press release. “With much less supply of vaccine than people currently eligible, it is going to take time which will require patience from all of us. I want to thank our partners who are working together to help us build the infrastructure needed to reach our goal of 45,000 vaccinations a day.”

Individuals should first use the Phase Finder to confirm they are eligible.

Once confirmed to be eligible, individuals must register online. Each mass vaccination site is currently using a different registration system.

To make an appointment in Spokane at the Spokane Arena, click here. The center is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 3 pm on weekends.

To make an appointment in Ridgefield at the Clark County Fairgrounds, click here or call 1-800-525-0127, then press #. The site is open Tuesday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

To make an appointment in Wenatchee at the Town Toyota Center, click here or call 1-800-525-0127, then press #. The site is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.

To make an appointment in Kennewick at the Tri-Cities Fairgrounds, click here or call 1-800-525-0127, then press #. The site is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm.

Ridgefield, Wenatchee, and Kennewick will administer the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, while Spokane will administer the Moderna vaccine.

In addition to these mass vaccination centers, clinics, pharmacies, and healthcare providers will still be offering the vaccine.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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