Washington to further expand vaccine eligibility March 31

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Inslee announced the state will open up vaccine eligibility on March 31 to anyone with two or more comorbidities, anyone between ages 60–64, anyone living in congregate settings and workers in congregate settings.

Roughly a month ahead of schedule, the Governor’s Office says increasing vaccination rates and shipments of doses have allowed them to open vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B Tier 3 and Tier 4, which includes two million more Washingtonians.

Specifically, these next two tiers include:

  • Anyone 16 and older with two or more comorbidities
  • Anyone between the ages of 60 and 64
  • Anyone living in congregate settings; like correctional facilities, group homes for those with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, etc.
  • Workers in congregate settings; like restaurants, manufacturing, construction

Several other announcements were made Thursday — the eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30 and the utility shutoff moratorium is extended through July 31. Visitation has also resumed for long-term care facilities and nursing homes for people who are fully vaccinated.

Governor Inslee said so far, 2.5 million vaccine doses have been administered.

You can find more information about Washington’s vaccine phases on the Department of Health website.