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When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington? Here's how to get notified

Washington state has launched an online tool to determine COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. As of Jan. 18, people over 65 are now eligible.
Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
LaRae Munns, left, a nurse in the Emergency Department at Madigan Army Medical Center, receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 from nurse Goldie Martin, right, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, south of Seattle. Vaccinations are scheduled to continue in the coming weeks for front-line medical workers and and others in high-priority positions at the base.

SEATTLE — When will you be able to get vaccinated in Washington for coronavirus? The state has released an online tool to sign up to be notified when it’s your turn.

The PhaseFinder tool allows people to input personal details like age, underlying health conditions and essential worker status, as well as contact information. Using this information, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will determine vaccine eligibility and notify residents by email or text message when it’s their turn.

Contact information will remain private and will not be used for other purposes.

If you are eligible, you can make an appointed with a vaccine provider.

RELATED: PhaseFinder tool has new features to determine your COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Washington

Washington's vaccine timeline

Washington entered the first tier of Phase 1B on Jan. 18 after spending several week vaccinating people in Phase 1A. However, people in Phase 1A can still make appointments to be vaccinated.

Here’s where things stand for Phase 1 rollout, although exact dates are subject to change:

Eligible now

Phase 1, tiers A1 and A2

  • High-risk health care workers in health care settings
  • High-risk first responders
  • Long-term care residents
  • At-risk workers in health care settings

Phase 1, tier B1

  • People age 65 or older
  • People age 50 or older living in multi-generational households. This includes someone over 50 who can’t live independently and grandparents living with a grandchild. It doesn’t include someone over 50 who’s caring for a partner, friend or their child, according to DOH.

February 2021

Phase 1, tier B2

  • High-risk critical workers age 50 or older in congregate settings, including grocery stores, correctional facilities, public transit, schools, agriculture, etc.

March 2021

Phase 1, tier B3

  • People age 16 or older with two or more underlying health conditions.

April 2021

Phase 1, tier B4

  • High-risk critical workers in congregate settings – like Tier 2 – under age 50
  • Staff and volunteers of all ages in congregate living facilities, correctional facilities, group homes or those who work with the homeless in congregate settings

May – December 2021

Phases 2, 3 and 4

The state hasn’t released specific information about who is eligible during this timeframe. DOH says that information is “coming soon.”