“When the State of Washington stepped up and started paying hazard pay of between $2.50 and $3 an hour during the pandemic — by directing federal dollars to those of us on the front lines of health care — it made a huge difference. With these increased wages, I was able to save up enough for a small apartment in a low-income building and move out of my mom’s house. My kids may not have their own rooms, but having a home of our own means the world to us.

The increased pay literally changed my life. And I’m one of many caregivers who feel this way.”

Read more from SEIU 775 member and in-home caregiver Lauren Evans at the Columbian.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges in Washington state, so have hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases, making the need for vaccinations more critical. As a result, Governor Inslee announced today that state employees and healthcare workers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18.

Does this mandate impact you?

  • Nursing Home workers: The vaccine mandate applies to all nursing home workers
  • Individual Providers (IPs): Exempt from mandate
  • Agency Providers (APs): Exempt from mandate

The mandate also includes exemptions for health and religious reasons.

Nursing Home workers — This mandate requires that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. To meet this requirement, you will need to receive your first Moderna shot by September 13, or Pfizer shot by September 28, in order to have your second Pfizer or Moderna shot by October 4. The single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine would need to be received by October 4. All three shots require 2 weeks after your final dose to be considered fully vaccinated.

As members of our Union, and because of this new mandate, we will be bargaining with our nursing homes on the impacts of this new requirement on caregivers because we know we have the right to bargain any change to our jobs. Watch your email for updates as they become available.

Though IPs and APs are exempt in this mandate, our Union supports equitable efforts to protect workers from COVID-19. This includes vaccines, which have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the risk of catching, sharing, and dying from this virus. And, based on research by the SEIU 775 Benefits Group, we believe that more than 70% of home care workers have received at least one shot against COVID-19, compared to the statewide average of 58%. This is because we have been caring for the most vulnerable throughout this entire pandemic, whether at home or in nursing homes, and we fought to be included in the first priority group for these vaccines to keep us all of us – ourselves, our families, or clients, our residents – safe.

COVID-19 vaccines are free, and insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.

Here is how anyone 12 years and older can get vaccinated:

  • By phone or text. Call the DOH Statewide Vaccine Finder phone line at 1-800-525-0127 or 833-VAX-HELP, then press # and 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, and 3 for all other languages. Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) to find a vaccine provider near you.
  • Online. You can look online for an appointment at the DOH vaccine locator.
  • At Home. If you or your client are not able to leave home for a vaccine, you can request Homebound Vaccination Services. To do so:

Directions on ordering PPE can be found here.

Together, we can help to keep our clients, residents, families, and ourselves safer.

We’re continuing to fight for additional federal funding to make higher wages for caregivers permanent. Caregivers should always make a living wage, not just during a pandemic. That’s why we are fighting to pass the Better Care, Better Jobs Act and get permanent increased federal funding.

Sign the petition: We need higher permanent wages!

August 1, 2021 Update: CCS APs will get a $2.45 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked from July 1 to December 31, 2021.

You can read the latest MOU here.


April 23, 2021 Update: CCS APs will get a $3.00 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021.  

You can read the latest MOU here.   

Additionally, CCS has agreed to pay any caregiver who shows proof of your COVID-19 vaccination $100. To receive the payment, you must provide a valid copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by a Healthcare Professional or Clinic Site once you’ve completed the vaccination series (two shots for Pfizer or Moderna and one shot for Johnson & Johnson).

You can read the COVID Vaccination Time Loss Program MOU here.


January 15, 2021 Update: CCS APs will continue to get a $3 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.   

CCS APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


August 13, 2020 Update: We have exciting news for CCS caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with CCS about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: CCS APs will now get a $3 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your August 25 paycheck. You’ll also receive an additional $25 of targeted hazard pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients.

You can read the latest MOU here. 


Through impact bargaining, CCS caregivers have won:  

  • Hazard Pay: CCS APs will receive an additional $3.50 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all CCS APs will receive this pay regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And, you’ll get aadditional $25 targeted-hazard pay per shift for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients. 
  • More PPE: CSS has committed to spending $255,000 to provide PPEs and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time use N-95 masks, face shields and goggles, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  • Healthcare and Training: CCS is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June so no one loses healthcare coverage. 

See the full MOU here.

Despite the State facing a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, Governor Inslee agreed to increase funding for home care agencies like CCS in order to provide this immediate support to caregivers. This was all made possible because of caregivers like you sending letters, signing petitions, sharing your stories, and so much more to demand the Legislature prioritize caregivers to receive Federal stimulus money.  

Standing together got us to this point, we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are. 

August 1, 2021 Update: Full Life Care APs will get a $2.61 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked between July 1 and December 31, 2021.

You can read the latest MOU here.


April 23, 2021 Update: Full Life Care APs will get a $2.85 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.


January 15, 2021 Update: Full Life Care APs will continue to get a $2.85 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. 

You can read the latest MOU here.   

Full Life Care APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


September 5, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Full Life Care home care workers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Full Life Care about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Full Life Care APs will now get a $2.85 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your September 20 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients. You can ask your supervisor for PPE – contact us if you haven’t received PPE upon request.

You can read the latest MOU here.


Through impact bargaining, Full Life Care home care employees have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: Full Life Care home care workers will receive an additional $3.50 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Full Life Care home care workers will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.  
  2. MorePPE: Full Life Care has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time-use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  3. Training: Full Life Care is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership for all hours worked in May and June. 

See the full MOU here.

This was possible because caregivers like you demanded Governor Inslee increase funding for home care agencies like Full Life Care by prioritizing caregivers to receive Federal stimulus funding – and it worked!  However, earlier this week DSHS announced budget cuts they plan to make to balance the state budget. These cuts will decimate long-term care in Washington. Cutting these vital resources isn’t what our state needs – we need revenue. That’s why we now need to demand Congress pass the HEROES Act – a new bill that provide federal relief and funding for long-term care 

Standing together got us to this point – we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are.