A Phased Approach to Vaccine Allocation for COVID-19
This graphic represents the Washington State plan to distribute the vaccine. There may be more clarification.
Phase 1a is only individuals who have regular contact with people ill with COVID-19 such as paramedics, respiratory technicians, doctors and nurses in acute care areas.
Phase 1b allows an individual who has any of the conditions that create significant risk, to move ahead of the line. Those conditions are currently listed as:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Coronary obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Also included here are older adults who may be in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, adult family homes and the like
Phase 2: Most people who are considered essential workers
Phase 3: This is where healthy young adult and teenagers over 16 get vaccinated. If the vaccine is not yet approved for children but Moderna began testing in youth 12-17 in December.
Phase 4: Anyone who has not already been vaccinated in one of the prior phases.