COVID-19 Vaccinations for Caregivers
All caregivers are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster 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.
To get your vaccine or booster, do one of the following:
Have questions about vaccination?
Is the vaccine safe?
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.
Is the vaccine free for caregivers?
Yes. It’s free for everyone, regardless of what healthcare coverage you have, or if you do not have healthcare coverage.
How many caregivers have gotten vaccinated already?
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.
Will the vaccine cause side effects?
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.
What is it like to get vaccinated?
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.
I already had COVID-19. Do I still need a vaccine?
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.
Will I still need to wear PPE and social distance even after getting fully vaccinated?
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.
Where can I get a vaccine?
There are many places to get a vaccine. See vaccine location information.
When can my client get the vaccine?
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.
What if I have another question?
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).
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.
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.