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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington Wednesday

Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state on Wednesday, April 7.

Here's where you can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine in Seattle

Washington residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15.

To help residents find and book appointments, the City of Seattle opened a vaccination appointment notification list for anyone in Tiers 1-4 of Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

Preregistration is available for anyone 16 or older, residents who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination and anyone who lives or works in King County.

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What you should (and shouldn't) do with your vaccination card

With each dose that is administered, the CDC and health providers give out 4-by-3-inch paper COVID-19 vaccine cards. In a post-pandemic world, these cards could help inoculated people more freely travel, shop and dine.

The cards have raised many questions. What do you do if you lose it? Should you take a selfie with it? Find out everything you need to know about what you should and shouldn't do with CDC-issued vaccination cards.

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Snohomish County opens sixth COVID-19 vaccination site

Snohomish County opened its sixth mass vaccination site at the Boom City fireworks location on the Tulalip reservation Tuesday. 

“I don’t think we’ll reach our maximum capacity,” said County Executive Dave Sommers on his weekly media call. "Our goal is to have more capacity to deliver vaccines than we have vaccines.“

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Medical experts urge caution with 'vaccine passports'

Medical experts are urging caution as companies and some governments advance plans for "vaccine passports." Supporters of the idea say the credentials are a way to prove someone has been vaccinated, allowing that person to visit certain venues or travel internationally.

But some medical experts, including at the World Health Organization, say that passports could reinforce inequalities or impede on personal freedoms.

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released an online portal to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

As of Wednesday, March 31, the state moved to Phase 1B, Tiers 3 and 4, which added the following qualifications for eligibility:

  • Anyone age 16 and older with two or more diseases or medical conditions
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Anyone living or working in certain congregate settings (correctional facilities, group homes for those with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, etc.)
  • Additional high-risk critical workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, construction)

If you are eligible, find a list of vaccine providers on the state's Vaccinate WA page and information on how to make an appointment. 

LIST: Mass COVID-19 vaccine sites in western Washington