How were the phases decided? Can I get vaccinated sooner?

Snohomish County’s framework for the phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination is aligned with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). It is important that the framework is consistent across the state and between counties to ensure that the roll-out of the vaccine is efficient, understandable, and equitable.

While we have received inquiries from organizations, employers or individuals that are interested in being vaccinated earlier in the framework, we do not anticipate adjusting the phases locally in such a way that they would vary from what is adopted by the state Department of Health.

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1. How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?
2. Is the vaccine safe?
3. What are the side effects from the vaccine?
4. What adverse reactions were reported for the vaccine?
5. Will the vaccine give me COVID?
6. How many doses do I need?
7. Who will get the vaccine first?
8. How were the phases decided? Can I get vaccinated sooner?
9. How do I know if a message or email offering vaccination options is legitimate?
10. When will I get vaccinated?
11. Who should get the vaccine?
12. If I had COVID, should I still get vaccinated?
13. Do I get to choose which vaccine I get?
14. Once I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
15. How soon can we get back to pre-pandemic activities?
16. How does the vaccine work?
17. Does the vaccine change my DNA or implant a chip?
18. What is in the vaccine?