Governor Jay Inslee directed the state to immediately open vaccine eligibility for K-12 teachers on March 2. This follows a directive issued the same day from President Joe Biden to get every public school teacher and childcare worker at least one vaccine shot.
Inslee said in a statement that pre-K, K-12 and licensed childcare workers can now sign up for a vaccine that will be offered through enrolled providers and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
“We will continue our progress in getting every Washingtonian vaccinated,” Inslee said in a statement. “I am grateful for the partnership of the federal government and their efforts to help move educators up in the prioritization.”
The group will be added to the Phase 1B Tier 1 group, which includes people 65 and older and people 50 and older living in a multigenerational household. Inslee said Phase Finder, the state’s tool that informs people when they’re eligible for a vaccine, might not immediately adjust to the changes.
Biden called on every teacher to get at least one shot by the end of May, but this doesn’t mean everyone will be vaccinated by then.
Blaine school district superintendent Christopher Granger has previously said teachers can decide if they want the vaccination.