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More people can get vaccines soon. If you’re eligible, make plans now.

On Wednesday, the state Department of Health (DOH) announced more people will be eligible for vaccination. People in Tier 1 of Phase 1B will be able to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days. Learn more about Phase 1 B and what to do if you’re in phase one.

Vaccines are our best path out of the pandemic, so this is great news for thousands of people.

It’s also a timely reminder people in Phase 1A should schedule a vaccination as soon as possible. Vaccines protect you, your loved ones and your community.

Phase 1A: Get vaccinated immediately.

The federal government recently issued new guidance about who should get the vaccine next. DOH will soon announce how it will align Phase 1B with this new guidance. We will also hear soon when people in Tier 1 of Phase 1B will be eligible for vaccination.

If you’re in 1A, you should make vaccine plans as soon as possible. Your priority status will end soon. You’re most at risk of COVID-19 infection and there will never be a better time to get vaccinated.

Learn where you can get vaccinated.

The state recently released the Phase Finder tool. It can tell you if you’re eligible in Phase 1A to get vaccine and where you can go to get it.

Soon, people in other eligible groups will be able to do the same.

Pierce County also has plans for mobile and mass vaccination sites.

More and more people across Pierce County are working quickly to make vaccines easy to access.

  • This Saturday, Jan. 16, Kirk’s Pharmacy at 618 S. Meridian in Puyallup will offer a pop-up site from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. They’ll have 400 vaccines on hand for people who are eligible. You don’t have to register, and it’s first-come, first served. Fill out paperwork in advance.
  • Safeway Pharmacy Lakewood—Register online.
  • Safeway Pharmacy Bonney Lake—Register online.
  • Savon Pharmacy Puyallup—Register online.
  • Kaiser members—Schedule an e-visit on the member portal.

But what if you’re in 1B?

Vaccine availability is still expanding in Washington. While we are still in Phase 1A, we are gearing up to move to 1B. If you’re eligible for phase 1B Tier 1:

  • You can access vaccine through provider clinics via appointment
  • We will work with our partners across the county to set up COVID-19 vaccination drive-through clinics several times a week, by appointment, throughout the county. Scheduling work is underway, and we’ll share more information when we move to 1B and when vaccine is available.
  • You can visit a pharmacy offering vaccine. Safeway, Albertson’s, independent pharmacies, and others are joining the vaccination effort.
  • Vaccine drop teams will deploy to vaccinate those in high-risk settings, such as adult family homes and long-term care facilities.
  • Your employer may host a clinic.

We still have work to do. So do you.

The Health Department’s role right now is to work with the state, healthcare providers and other partners to support an efficient process in Pierce County. We need everyone in our community to do their part to end the pandemic as quickly as possible.

If you’re eligible for a vaccine, please get one as soon as you can. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. And while COVID-19 is still active in our community, keep practicing healthy habits:

  • Wear your mask.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Get a flu shot.

Learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 at tpchd.org/coronavirus. Find more information on the vaccine at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture. And sign up to receive notifications for the Your Reliable Source blog and other messages to stay up to date on the pandemic in Pierce County at tpchd.org/notify.

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