COVID-19 vaccine supply
Updated February 8, 2021
Limited vaccine supply, limited appointments – Updated February 8, 2021
In Washington state, the following are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine:
- Workers in healthcare settings and staff and residents in long-term care facilities
- people over the age of 65
- people 50 and older who live in multigenerational households who they meet certain conditions
Unfortunately, there’s not enough vaccine available in the state and across the nation, so not everyone who is eligible will be able to get a vaccine right away. The unpredictable supply means that there may not be enough doses to fully vaccinate the currently eligible population until well into spring.
In King County, Public Health is focusing on getting vaccines to those most vulnerable and likely to die from COVID-19. Equity and science drive our approach. Our vaccination guidelines follow the data that demonstrates significantly higher rates of infection and death in South King County and for those over the age of 75. Public Health and its partners will not give preferential treatment for vaccines.
We acknowledge how frustrating it that there is not enough vaccine. Vaccine access will improve as the supply chain widens and providers in King County receive more doses, and we continue to work with partners to be ready to expand vaccination as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during this terribly difficult situation.