We are now offering COVID-19 vaccines for health care workers and first responders in phase 1a who have been provided a voucher by their employer or local health jurisdiction to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from The Everett Clinic, part of Optum. If you receive a vaccine voucher for The Everett Clinic, you will also receive a password which is required to schedule a vaccine appointment. Vaccine prioritization is essential for phase 1a vaccines because of limited doses available.
Health care workers and first responders are a top priority due to their exposure risk and the critical role they play in keeping hospitals and clinics open and available for our communities. Nursing home residents are prioritized because they account for nearly 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, and immunizing healthcare workers in those settings protects both the workers and the residents from infection.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll continue to work closely with the state on a vaccine shipment schedule and an appropriate prioritization schedule to vaccinate staff, providers, and patients. As we have more information, we’ll update everettclinic.com/covidvaccine with patient information about the availability of COVID-19 vaccine.