Getting vaccinated in King County
Updated March 3, 2021
Update for March 3
All appointments at Public Health’s Kent and Auburn Community Vaccination Sites are currently full, and these sites are unable to schedule new appointments at this time. Please continue to visit this page for updates.
As of March 1st, Public Health’s Kent and Auburn Community Vaccination Sites have expanded eligibility to include adults age 65 and older.
Phone assistance available
If you need language interpretation or can't use the online Phase Finder tool, the following hotlines are available:
- WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6am – 10pm Monday, 6am – 6pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
- King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8am – 7pm
For language interpretation, say your preferred language when connected.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) determines the distribution of vaccine for our state and eligibility for vaccination in phases. King County is currently in the state's Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1 for vaccine distribution.
As of January 18, 2021, the Washington State Department of Health has opened vaccine distribution through Phase 1b1.
Vaccination is available for the groups listed below regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for vaccination. The vaccine will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance, and the cost of vaccination will be covered for people who are uninsured.
Vaccination is currently open for people who are:
- Eligible for Phase 1a: all workers at risk of acquisition or transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings; long-term care facility staff and residents; and home health and care aides.
- Eligible for Phase 1b1:
- Age 65 years and older
- Age 50 and older if they live in a household where two or more generations live, (such as an elder and a grandchild), and meet these qualifications:
- Cannot live independently and receives support from a relative or caregiver (paid or unpaid) or someone who works outside the home
- Lives with and cares for a young child, like a grandparent with a grandchild.
Not eligible in this phase:
- Someone younger than 50
- Someone 50 and older who cares for a partner or friend
- An older adult who is able to live independently and is taking care of their kin/children.
Confirm vaccination eligibility
Phase Finder is an online tool from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) that asks a series of questions to check if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine now. If you are not yet eligible, you can sign up to be notified when you become eligible for vaccine.
Vaccination is available for eligible individuals regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for vaccination. The vaccine will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance, and the cost of vaccination will be covered for people who are uninsured.
Schedule an appointment
Vaccine supplies and appointments are currently limited. You may experience delays in scheduling vaccination appointments due to high demand. Getting vaccinated will become easier as providers receive more doses and high-volume vaccine sites open.
- Option 1: Call your doctor's office or health care provider to see if they have available vaccination appointments.
- Option 2: Washington State's Phase Finder online tool can confirm your eligibility and provide you with a list of possible vaccination locations. FindYourPhaseWA.org
- Option 3: If you need language interpretation or can't use the online Phase Finder tool, call the Washington state's COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: Dial 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816, then press #. Available Monday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Tuesday-Sunday and observed state holidays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For language interpretation, state your preferred language when you are connected. Phone support is also available from the Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977, 8am-7pm.
- Option 4: Visit Washington State Department of Health's list of vaccination locations in Washington state, organized by county.
- Option 5: Vaccination for elders in south King County:
- Age 65 and older (new as of March 1st) OR
- A caregiver or home care worker taking care of someone age 50 or older who cannot live independently. The caregiver or home care worker is eligible as a worker in a healthcare setting and does not need to be 50 or older. Note: Children and teens younger than 18 are not eligible for vaccine. OR
- Specific groups of people age 50 and older who live in multi-generational households (two or more generations) and are:
- Unable to live independently and receive care from a caregiver, relative, in-home caregiver or someone who works outside the home.
- Live with AND care for kin (examples include caring for a grandchild, niece or nephew. This does not include older adults who are able to live independently and are taking care of their children.)
While vaccine supplies are very limited, Public Health is ensuring equitable access for elders who live in areas of south King County with the most COVID-19 cases.
We are providing high-volume vaccination sites with two locations in Auburn and Kent to vaccinate people 65 years and older, adults who require home care, and their caregivers/home care givers. Additional groups will be able to schedule appointments at these sites as vaccine supply increases.
At this time, registration is open to residents of south King County living in areas with the highest number of COVID-19 cases who are:
Those who meet one or more of the criteria listed above can register for an appointment at: www.covidvaccine.kingcounty.gov. Note: this registration is currently in English only. This visual guide explains how to make, change or cancel a high volume site appointment online.
Call Washington state's COVID-19 Assistance Hotline at 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816, then press # for help with registration by phone. Available Monday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone support is also available from the Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977, 8am-7pm. For language interpretation state your preferred language when you are connected.
Auburn Drive-Through COVID-19 Vaccination Site (Currently serving older adults and caregivers at highest risk):
GSA Complex, 2701 C St. SW Auburn, WA 98001
Access: By appointment only*. Drive-through only site. Car or vehicle required. ADA accessible. Follow the signs on arrival. ASL and language interpretation available on site. *Please do not call GSA to inquire about vaccination appointments. You will be directed to the resources listed above.
Kent COVID-19 Vaccination Site (Currently serving older adults and caregivers at highest risk):
ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032
Access: By appointment only. Park, bike, walk or wheel, or arrive by transit and enter building. ADA and wheelchair accessible. ASL and language interpretation available on site.
You will need to bring:
- Identification with date of birth: state, tribe, or federal-issued ID. A billing or bank statement with your name and address can also be used. Employee ID can be used if you are Phase 1a eligible.
- Confirmation of eligibility:
- If you scheduled your appointment through Phase Finder, bring the Phase Finder eligibility confirmation page, printed or viewable on a mobile device.
- For those eligible under Phase 1a, a voucher letter from your employer can also be used instead of a Phase Finder confirmation. Voucher letters should include the employee’s name and a statement verifying that Phase 1a eligibility guidelines are met as specified by the Washington State Department of Health.
- If you registered through www.covidvaccine.kingcounty.gov, no additional confirmation is needed.
- Wear short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves that are easy to roll up so that you can get vaccinated in your upper arm.
Schedule a second dose
When you are at your vaccination appointment, make an appointment for the second dose of the vaccine. You should get your second dose 21 days (Pfizer-BioNTech) or 28 days (Moderna) after the first dose. The second dose will provide full protection from the virus.
Sign up for V-safe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a tool, V-safe, to monitor vaccine safety. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. CDC may follow up with you to get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose, if needed.
Continue all COVID-19 precautions
The vaccine will give you a high level of protection against infection, but the protection is not 100%. Also, we don't yet know how well the vaccine prevents people from spreading the virus. That means it's possible that someone who is vaccinated may get infected—even if they don't get sick it's possible that they could still spread COVID-19 to others. Studies are in progress to answer this question.
Even after vaccination, protect others by continuing to wear masks, limit indoor activities outside of the home, avoid crowded indoor spaces, keep contacts with others brief and distanced, improve ventilation indoors, and wash your hands.
If you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, even if you have been vaccinated, you will still need to quarantine following Public Health protocols.
While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-life conditions, our continued use of all COVID-19 precautions will help to end this pandemic.
Who is eligible?
All older adults in Washington state over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households are also eligible if they meet certain conditions. Due to limited supply of vaccine, not everyone will be able to access a vaccine right away. Access will improve as the supply increases and providers in King County receive more doses.
Where are vaccinations available now?
- Long-Term Care Facilities, residents of nursing homes, assisted living and some other long-term care facilities are receiving vaccine on-site through a national partnership with pharmacy chains.
- Health Care Systems, including doctors, hospitals, and community clinics, are the primary way that most of the older adults in King County will get vaccinated.
- Mobile Vaccination Teams, coordinated by Public Health and local Fire Departments are reaching highest risk older adults, including those residing in Adult Family Homes.
- High Volume Vaccination Sites, coordinated by Public Health, are reaching groups in south King County with higher rates of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals who cannot live independently, and their caregivers.
Pharmacies: Just like getting a flu shot at your local pharmacy, many pharmacy chains – including grocery stores – will soon have the COVID-19 vaccine appointments available.
Pop-Up Clinics: Meal sites, senior centers, and faith-based organizations are examples where pop-up clinics are being planned, as soon as doses are available..
In-Home Vaccination will be an option for homebound older adults: Authorized health care providers who provide in-home visits can provide these vaccinations.