• All Washingtonians 16+ Eligible for Vaccine Beginning April 15

    April 03, 2021

    Governor Inslee announced yesterday that beginning on Thursday, April 15th, all Washingtonians 16 years and older will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    To date, Washington State has been operating on a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death. Eligibility recently expanded on March 31st to Phase 1b, Tiers 3 and 4, which includes those ages 60-64, individuals 16 and older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions, and those who live or work in certain congregate settings, including food services, construction, and manufacturing.

    It is important to remember that the expansion of eligibility does not necessarily mean that all those newly eligible will be able to access a vaccine right away. It will continue to take time to vaccinate our population.

    “We have been seeing a steady and consistent supply of vaccine from the State over the past month or so,” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “Our vaccine providers are ready for when eligibility expands in the coming weeks. Still, we ask that Skagitonians continue to practice patience as our supply increases to meet demand.”

    The Governor’s decision to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 comes—in part—as a response to recent upticks in COVID-19 cases across the state. While vaccines are an important tool in our fight against the pandemic, it is critical that people continue to wear a mask, limit gatherings, keep a 6-foot distance, and wash hands regularly. When used all together, these strategies will see us out of the pandemic.

    Vaccine appointments are available at a variety of locations here in Skagit County: through our local hospital systems and Public Health’s Fairground clinic, at neighborhood pharmacies, as well as Sea Mar clinics and other family practice clinics. To find appointment availability at a location near you, visit https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. You can also call our Vaccine Hotline for assistance at (360) 416-1500.

    For COVID-19 vaccine questions, please visit www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

    County Commissioners: Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ron Wesen
    1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 416-1300  |  commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us