How long will it take to get a large percentage of Washington's 7.5 million residents vaccinated for COVID-19?
As of April 12, 2021, the state has issued more than 4.2 million doses and has vaccinated more than 2.6 million people with at least one shot of vaccine. More than 1.7 million people in Washington have been fully vaccinated — 23.39% of the state's population.
More than 35.5% of the state's population have had at least one shot, according to the Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 data dashboard.
People who are fully vaccinated have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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So far, the shots have been limited by age, health conditions and profession. But starting on April 15, anyone aged 16 and over can get the shot in Washington state.
Health officials are aiming for herd immunity, which is widespread resistance to getting sick with COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization, a "substantial proportion of the population" would have to be vaccinated for herd immunity, though the exact number for COVID-19 is not known.
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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)
After April 15, anyone age 16 and older can get a vaccine in Washington state.
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.
Many of them require appointments or proof of residency, so check the requirements of each site before you go.