COVID-19 Vaccinations for Caregivers

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Get your vaccine questions answered.

All Caregivers are Eligible for Free
and Safe COVID-19 Vaccines

All caregivers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine for free, right now.

The vaccine is safe and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommends that you get one as soon as you can. You will be joining millions of people in the U.S. alone who are already vaccinated.

To get vaccinated, you need to find a location near you and get scheduled.

Get Scheduled

The free vaccination is available at many locations. You do not need to have healthcare coverage to get vaccinated.

Find the vaccine location closest to you by visiting the DOH Vaccine Locator website. Follow instructions for scheduling a vaccination with your chosen vaccination site. 

If you have Kaiser Permanente healthcare coverage and would like to go to a Kaiser facility, follow these steps for Kaiser Permanente Washington (KPWA) or Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW, for those who live in Clark or Cowlitz counties).

If you have KPWA coverage in Puget Sound or Spokane:

  1. Log in to your account and schedule your appointment through “E-visit”.  
    • To fill out the survey, you need to login to KPWA. If you have not created an online account with KPWA, follow these instructions.
  2. Call 1-800-352-3610.
    • Use this option if you speak a language other than English and would like translation services, or if you cannot create an online account.

If you have KPNW coverage in Clark or Cowlitz counties:

  1. Go to the KPNW website or use the Kaiser Permanente app. 
  2. Call 1-800-813-2000.
    • Use this option if you speak a language other than English and would like translation services, or if you cannot create an online account.

Have questions about vaccination?

Get answers to your vaccine questions below.

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines being given to people are safe and effective. Like other vaccines, they were developed using the same rigorous clinical trials and safety protocols. Vaccine use also continues to be closely monitored. See more about vaccine safety.

Yes. It’s free for everyone, regardless of what healthcare coverage you have, or if you do not have healthcare coverage.

More than 200 million doses have been given in the U.S. alone. This includes thousands of caregivers. You can look at the Johns Hopkins University Vaccine Tracker to see current data for all people in United States, and in the world.

Some people who get the vaccine experience side effects like fatigue or a fever. The side effects of the vaccine are usually minor, temporary and fade within 1-2 days. They are a sign that the vaccine is working.

Your visit could be very similar to a normal doctor’s visit, it could be at a mass vaccination clinic in a large public space, or it could even be a drive-up clinic where you stay in your car, depending on where your appointment is. You may be asked for a form of identification. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is similar to other vaccines or shots, with an injection on your upper arm. You will be asked to wait at least 15 minutes after your injection to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated even if you previously had COVID-19 because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering.

See the CDC Guidelines on this topic. In many circumstances, depending on the number of people and whether or not those you are around have also been fully vaccinated, you will still need to wear PPE and be socially distant.

There are many places to get a vaccine. See vaccine location information.

Your client can get the vaccine now. Most clients are eligible for the vaccine as of March 17 and on April 15 all people over the age of 16 are eligible.

See the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) comprehensive webpage for frequently-asked questions, including how both types of vaccines work, eligibility for different people during different phases and much more.

You can also see more answers to frequently-asked-questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Eligibility

Beginning March 31, 2021, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) no longer requires proof of vaccine eligibility. When you make your appointment and when you get your vaccination, you will not be asked for proof of eligibility.

Vaccine Resources

Questions?

If you have questions about vaccinations, please call 1-877-606-6705. Please do not contact the Member Resource Center (MRC), as they are experiencing high call volumes and may not be able to help you.