Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a FAQ related to vaccine requirements for state employees, pursuant to Directive 22-13.1. This directive went into effect on Nov. 1, 2022.


Who does the directive apply to?

COVID-19 Resources and Information

State’s COVID emergency order ends next week

The COVID-19 pandemic remains, but it’s no longer an emergency thanks to vaccinations, medical treatments, and the innumerable efforts of countless Washingtonians since the state had the nation’s first documented case in January 2020.

Inslee announces end to remaining COVID-19 emergency orders and state of emergency by October 31

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the upcoming rescission of all remaining COVID-19 emergency proclamations and state of emergency by Oct. 31.

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup finds Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old.

Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance

With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m.

COVID-19 trends give leaders confidence to look towards next phase of pandemic response

With dropping hospitalization rates, improving vaccination rates, and broad access to masks and tests, Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state can soon move into a less restrictive phase of the COVID-19 response.

Inslee shares Washington's pandemic story with U.S. House COVID committee

Almost two years to the day after the first case of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. was confirmed in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis about how the state has responded and the lessons learned.

Inslee prioritizes poverty reduction efforts

Year after year, Washington ranks among the best economies in the country, and yet existing policies and systems have not enabled all residents to thrive.

Inslee provides support to hospitals to fight Omicron variant

With COVID-19 cases rising due to the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, hospitals are seeing a dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations. The health care staffing shortages have led hospitals to be at or over their capacity to treat patients. Gov.

Inslee statement on efforts to stop violence fueled by election lies

Gov. Jay Inslee released the following statement today announcing his support for legislation currently being written that would outlaw attempts by candidates and elected officials to spread lies about free and fair elections when it has the likelihood to stoke violence.

Inslee announces additional resources for Omicron variant

As Washington state is experiencing a dramatic rise in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, Gov. Jay Inslee announced steps today to contain the spread. Inslee did not announce any rollbacks, restrictions or closures.

Video message from Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee on holidays, omicron variant and boosters

Inslee, Constantine, Durkan statement on Omicron variant

Gov. Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released a statement on the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. 

Inslee statement on COVID booster expanded eligibility

Inslee statement on vaccine approval for 5-to 11-year-olds

“Parents can breathe a sigh of relief that their younger kids can now be vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus. This gets us a step closer to having the entire population of Washington eligible for the vaccine. And a step closer to finding our way out of this pandemic.

Western States Workgroup approves Moderna and J & J boosters

After reviewing the evidence concerning booster doses of the Moderna and Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID vaccines on Thursday, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup announced Friday it supports the recommendations for booster shots.

Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events

Large Event COVID-19 Vaccine Verification

Inslee statement on high vaccine rates among state workforce

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today regarding the latest increases in vaccination rates among state employees ahead of the required Oct. 18 vaccine verification deadline.


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