Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, getting hospitalized, and even dying. As with vaccines for other diseases, people who are up to date are optimally protected. CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines, and receive a booster dose when eligible.
You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have followed the current recommendations listed below. The recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status, and when you first got vaccinated.
Many people who are immunocompromised may need an additional dose as part of their primary vaccine series.
Everyone ages 12+ should get a booster dose at least 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.
Everyone ages 18+ should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) at least 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.
The proclamation requires “health care providers” to get vaccinated.
This term is defined broadly to include more than just licensed health care providers. It includes:
• Individuals holding a license, certification or registration from the Washington State Department of Health, listed here, who are actively practicing or providing services to people
. • Individuals who are permitted by law to provide health care services in a professional capacity without holding a credential from the Department of Health and are actively providing services to people.
• Long-term care workers, with limited exceptions
• On-site workers in any health care setting, regardless of whether they are licensed or providing health care services (for example administrative support staff who work in person in a clinic or cleaning service workers). On-site workers include employees, contractors, and volunteers engaged in work in a health care setting. If a health care provider is authorized to practice in Washington und