Preparing for the Vaccine

Read our updates on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine here.

Imagine the day you can stop wearing a mask, or when you can gather indoors at your favorite restaurant again with friends and family for a celebratory meal. That day is coming, but only if we do what needs to be done today to keep ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country healthy and safe.

Washington is in Phase 1a of the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) vaccine allocation plan. See if you qualify for a vaccine in the current open phase here.

We are currently in phase 1A. This includes:


  • High-risk workers in health care settings
  • High-risk first responders
  • Residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance.


  • All workers in health care settings

A prescription for COVID-19 vaccine is not necessary or required in order for your pharmacist to give you the vaccine: However, in order to receive the vaccine you must meet eligibility requirements. You can check with your pharmacy to see if they have the vaccine. For additional information regarding eligibility requirements, check with Whatcom County Health Department website, and the CDC website.