COVID-19 Update

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Absher cares about people. We want to make sure we are doing what we can to assist as our community navigates its way through the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We are sharing this information with our employees for your information and use as needed.

General information is available, and updated on the Washington State Department of Health site:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

Washington has adopted a Phased approach to vaccine distribution as outlined here:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/VaccinationPhasesInfographic-1-18-21.pdf

We are currently in Phase 1B tier 1 which was just updated to include all people over the age of 65.  Additionally, if you are over the age of 50 and live in a multigenerational household, you are eligible.  The most common examples of a multigenerational household are:

  • Head of the household has both a child(ren) and grandchild(ren) living together
  • Head of the household has both a child (or grandchild) and a parent living together

The state has released a phase finder to assist individuals in determining when they are eligible for the vaccine, and you can find it here:

https://form.findyourphasewa.org/210118771253954

We encourage you to review the Phase Finder–it allows you to leave an email or phone number to be contacted when you are eligible to receive the vaccine.  Every person’s situation is very different and you may be eligible sooner than you realize. 

Are construction workers considered essential workers?

The phase finder asks if you work in one of the essential infrastructure sectors (from the list used issued by the State in March that was attached to Proclamation 20-25 Stay Home Stay Healthy).  While the construction sector as a whole isn’t listed as essential, in Absher’s opinion most of our field employees should be considered essential by virtue of the projects they are working on – State and Federal infrastructure like transportation systems, and schools, and housing.  Additionally, many of our subcontractors may be considered essential as plumbing, electrical, extermination, safety and sanitation are also deemed essential. 

Helping a Family Member

If you trying to assist an elderly family member in getting an appointment, here are some tips:

  • Patience and persistence are necessary. Have the individual’s date of birth, social security number, address, phone number, and email (insurance not required) on hand will help.
  • Many providers are still limiting appointments to Phase 1A, but several are now open to Phase 1B-Tier 1. New appointment times are added daily as vaccines are available.
  • Appointments can be snatched up after you’ve selected a time – so you may have to reselect several times before confirming a slot

Where can I schedule a vaccine appointment?

Some links from different places to make an appointment:

Vaccine location finder by county:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations

Phase  1B-Tier 1 options:

https://www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors/covid-19/vaccine-information.html

https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine

https://www.multicare.org/covid19/vaccine/

Expected soon: 

https://www.kroger.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine (some available in WA starting 1/20)

Other Vaccine Information

  • The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is available for people 16 and older.
  • The Moderna vaccine is available for people 18 and older.

This is our most current understanding of the vaccine distribution process and the rules surrounding eligibility for the vaccine. The process seems reasonably clear and we feel we have interpreted it correctly. However, you may have a different experience when you attempt to schedule or receive a vaccination. 

Any feedback on the process you can provide based on your own experience will help all of us. We will continue to update you as more information is available. 

Thank you,

Deana Parker,
Human Resources Director