OLYMPIA — The state Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC and with the Department of Children, Youth and Families to offer free measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination for uninsured childcare workers and volunteers.

Effective July 28, 2019, Washington state law requires staff and volunteers of licensed childcare centers to be immunized against measles.

Fifteen Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state will offer MMR vaccine free of charge through June 2020 to uninsured childcare staff and volunteers who need it. The pharmacies will also waive the administration fee. The cost and fees will also be waived for those who are underinsured and cannot afford the vaccine.

The only participating location in Whatcom County (listed at https://www.doh.wa.gov) is the Safeway store at 1275 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham.

Child care staff and volunteers who have insurance also have options to get vaccinated. MMR vaccine for those age 19 and older is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Apple Health (Medicaid). Washington also provides recommended vaccines at no cost to everyone under the age of 19.