Thank you, Volunteers!
From 2020-2022, thousands of volunteers offered their time, labor, and expertise to support the COVID-19 pandemic response in Washington state. Emergency volunteer health practitioners saved lives by supporting our strained healthcare system and increasing access to vaccines.
The Department of Health joins millions of Washingtonians in offering our deepest gratitude to these volunteers.
Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act
This program allows qualified volunteers with active, expired, and out-of-state licenses to perform uncompensated vaccine administration work. The recent federal extension of the Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration enables PREP Act volunteers to continue to practice. WAserv will continue to support this program. To see if you qualify to volunteer under the PREP Act, see state volunteer criteria and federal volunteer criteria (you do not need to qualify for both). If you wish to volunteer, please register for WAserv (select “PREP Act Volunteers” for organization).
Medical Reserve Corps (MRCs)
MRCs are not impacted by state or federal emergency proclamations as they practice using Washington’s Emergency Worker Law (RCW 38.52). MRCs continue to operate without interruption and the WAserv system will remain active in support of this program. Visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website for more information or to reach out to your local MRC.
Chapter 70.15 RCW: Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA)
The UEVHPA volunteer program closed on October 31, 2022 as a result of the end of Washington State’s Emergency Proclamation. If your WAserv account was closed as a result and you wish to participate in one of the above programs, please contact us.
Non-medical Community Health Volunteers (CHVs)
The CHV program closed on October 31, 2022. If your WAserv account was closed as a result and you wish to participate in one of the above programs, please contact us.
Options for Continued Volunteering
Eligible volunteers with an active or retired active Washington license may be able to receive malpractice insurance through the Volunteer and Retired Providers Program (VRP).
If you wish to work or volunteer in Washington, you will need professional licensure in Washington state.
- Nurses: Online Application Portal for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and nursing technicians.
- Non-nursing health care practitioners: Please see the licensing page for your profession for details on how to apply.