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Use of the J&J vaccine has been paused as the CDC reviews reports of a rare, severe type of blood clot in six people who have received the vaccine in the U.S. Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. have received the J&J vaccine to date.

If you have an upcoming J&J vaccine appointment, it may be rescheduled or you may be offered a different vaccine. Contact your provider for information. All appointments at Public Health's Auburn and Kent clinics remain scheduled. Auburn will use Moderna, Kent will use Pfizer.

If you received the J&J vaccine more than a month ago, any risk is very low. If you received it within the last three weeks your risk of a blood clot is still very low. However, if you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider or go to urgent care or an Emergency Room.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will continue to be used and are not affected by the CDC review. Safety is the highest priority for all COVID-19 vaccines. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more.



Phone assistance available

If you need language interpretation or online help, the following hotlines are available. Please say your preferred language when connected:

  • WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)

  • King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

For telephone-to-text relay service, dial: 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. For tactile interpretation, contact: http://seattledbsc.org/

How to get vaccinated

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. There may be delays in scheduling due to high demand. Getting appointments will be easier as providers receive more doses and high-volume vaccine sites open.

Drive through vaccination site

Option 1:  Call your doctor's office or health care provider to see if they have available vaccination appointments.

Option 2:  Use Washington State's Vaccine Locator – Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Option 3:  King County Vaccination Partnership Sites

You can schedule directly at one of these sites. All King County sites are ADA accessible and have language and ASL interpretation available.

Select a site below for more details

1101 Supermall Way, Suite 1333, Auburn, WA 98001*

By appointment only.

*The Auburn vaccination site moved to this location on March 29, 2021. Call 206-477-3977 with questions about appointments scheduled at the previous location.

Public Health is ensuring equitable access for residents who live in areas of south King County with the most COVID-19 cases. At this time, registration is open to residents of south King County who are currently eligible for vaccination.

Register for an appointment at: kingcounty.gov/covid/registration. Note: this registration is currently in English only. This visual guide explains how to make, change, or cancel an appointment at a high volume site online.

To schedule by phone, see Option 4 in this list.

ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032

By appointment only.

Public Health is ensuring equitable access for residents who live in areas of south King County with the most COVID-19 cases. At this time, registration is open to residents of south King County who are currently eligible for vaccination.

Register for an appointment at: kingcounty.gov/covid/registration. Note: this registration is currently in English only. This visual guide explains how to make, change, or cancel an appointment at a high volume site online.

To schedule by phone, see Option 4 in this list.

The King County Vaccination Partnership-Redmond is a collaboration of Evergreen Health, Overlake Medical Center, and Microsoft. If you are eligible for vaccination, please pre-register for a vaccination at https://www.kcvredmond.com/. If you do not have an email address or need assistance with scheduling, please call the service support line at 425.899.3933. Interpretation is available over the phone.

More information: COVID-19 Vaccine | Kirkland, WA | EvergreenHealth

City of Seattle has vaccination sites at Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach, and West Seattle. If you are eligible for vaccine, you can subscribe to their COVID-19 Vaccination Notification List to be notified when vaccination appointments become available at any of the City's vaccination sites. You can also call the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 from Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for assistance. Interpretation is available over the phone.

More information: The COVID-19 Vaccine in Seattle - Mayor | seattle.gov


Option 4:  Schedule by phone

If you need language interpretation or other assistance:

  • Call the Washington State 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. 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. Interpretation is available over the phone.

Option 5:  For K-12 school employees

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has information for how K – 12 school employees (teachers and staff) can schedule vaccine appointments.

Option 6:  For Veterans

Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound is offering vaccines to veterans at its clinics in Silverlake, Seattle, American Lake and Mount Vernon. All ages are eligible and appointments are required (no walk-in vaccines). For more information, call 206-716-5716 for COVID information or visit www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine.

Option 7:  WA COVID Vaccine Finder

WA COVID Vaccine Finder is a volunteer-based tool to search for open appointments: CovidWA.com. Please note that this tool is not directly managed by Public Health and current information may not reflect the latest Public Health updates.


As of March 31, 2021, the Washington State Department of Health has opened vaccine distribution through Phase 1b4.

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.

Newly eligible (as of 3/31/21):

  • Anyone between the ages of 60 and 64

  • Eligible for Phase 1b3: People 16 years and older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying health conditions per the CDC's list of the conditions.

  • Eligible for Phase 1b4:
    • People (residents, staff, volunteers) in certain congregate living settings at higher risk:
      • Group homes for individuals with disabilities, including serious mental illness, development and intellectual disabilities, and physical disabilities as well as residential substance use disorder facilities not already covered in Phase 1
      • Prisons, jails, detention centers, and similar facilities
      • Places that serve people experiencing homelessness (e.g. temporary housing, shelters)
      • Domestic violence shelters
    • High-medium risk critical workers in congregate settings in the following industries:
      • Restaurants and food services
      • Manufacturing
      • Construction

      Note: Congregate setting refers to work in an enclosed space around other people where physical distance cannot occur. Workers in these settings who are able to socially distance, work remotely or work off-site not in a congregate setting are not included.

Vaccination is also 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.
    • PreK-12 educators and school staff
    • Child care workers, which includes:
      • Licensed family home child care providers, and the family members living in their home.
      • License-exempt family, friends, and neighbor providers that accept Working Connections Child Care subsidy. These in-home providers can serve up to 6 children.
      • ECEAP, Washington’s state-funded preschool providers. This is similar to the national Head Start program.
      • License-exempt school-age and youth development providers who have been providing care to school-age children since the pandemic began and schools were closed and moved to online or hybrid teaching.

  • Eligible for Phase 1b2:
    • High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings in the following industries:
      • Agriculture
      • Fishing vessel crews
      • Food processing
      • Grocery store/Food bank
      • Corrections (prisons, jails, detention centers)
      • Court of law
      • Public transit
      • First responders not included in earlier tiers (except administrators or those who can work remotely)
      • Early learning a child care program workers in child care, youth development, and day camps that were not covered in Phase 1b1.

      Congregate setting refers to work in an enclosed space around other people where physical distance cannot occur.

    • Pregnant people
    • People with a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Learn more about Washington's vaccine prioritization guidance.

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.

  • Wear short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves that are easy to roll up so that you can get vaccinated in your upper arm.

  • Parent or guardian consent: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless you are legally emancipated. If a parent or guardian will not attend the vaccine appointment with you, check with your vaccine provider about requirements for showing proof of parental/guardian consent or legal emancipation.

How to get there:

If you live in King County and need transportation to your vaccine appointment, there are multiple options:

  • Find a Ride: For transportation options, volunteer programs, and to plan your trip, visit www.findaride.org. For eligibility questions and more information, visit www.findaride.org/covid.

  • Bus Services: King County Metro offers many transportation options to vaccination appointments, including bus transit, Access paratransit, and Community Van shuttles. Learn more about transit options from King County Metro here or call 206-553-3000.
    Note: drive-through vaccine sites cannot take walk-up clients and require a car or vehicle, so transit will not be a good option for these locations. Check access details with the vaccine provider before your appointment.

  • Have Medicaid or Apple Health Card?: Call Hopelink Medicaid at 800-923-7433. (Check eligibility)

  • Are you an older adult or have a disability?: Call Metro Access at 206-205-5000. (Check eligibility)

  • Are you trying to schedule transportation for multiple people? Fill out this form and a member of the Hopelink Mobility Management team will follow-up with you.

If you need assistance by phone or interpretation, call the Coordinated Vaccine Transportation Helpline at 425-943-6706 Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM and press 5 for language assistance.

Flyer: Public Health recommendations: after COVID-19 vaccination (PDF)


Schedule a second dose

If you are receiving a 2-dose vaccine, make an appointment for the second dose of the vaccine at your vaccination appointment after you receive your first dose. 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.

You do not need a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – one dose offers full protection.


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.


What to do about side effects

If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital. Call your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Report vaccine side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Call the VAERS number at 1-800-822-7967 or report online at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Include the name of the vaccine you received in the first line of box #18 in the report form.


Continue COVID-19 precautions

The vaccines give a high level of protection against infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. So why do we still need to wear masks and distance from others?

Right now, most people are not vaccinated yet – we’re in very early stages of vaccine distribution with limited supply. We’re also learning how well the vaccine works in preventing people who are vaccinated from spreading COVID-19 to others and how well it works on coronavirus variants, which are known to be circulating in King County.

Even after vaccination, it’s important to protect others. Continue to wear masks, limit indoor activities outside of the home, avoid crowded indoor spaces, keep contact with others brief and distanced, improve ventilation indoors, and wash your hands frequently.

The good news is that once you’re fully vaccinated, you can start doing some things again that stopped because of the pandemic.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines OR
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
If you've been fully vaccinated, you can:

  • Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask
  • Gather indoors without masks with unvaccinated people from no more than one household. Don't gather indoors without masks if any of those people, or anyone they live with, has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (examples immunocompromised, 65 years+)
  • If you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, you probably don't need to quarantine if you are exposed, unless you have symptoms. To be sure, check out the guidance about quarantine here.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Wear masks and socially distance in public.
  • Avoid medium or larger-sized gatherings
  • Delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you still need to follow CDC requirements.
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • Follow guidance at your workplace.

We are still learning how well vaccines prevent the spread of COVID-19 and updates are ongoing. Check out the CDC's website for the latest guidance for people fully vaccinated.

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 and affordable senior living facilities.
  • 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 – have COVID-19 vaccine appointments available.
  • Community of Faith Based 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 is be an option for homebound older adults. Mobile vaccinations teams and authorized health care providers who provide in-home visits provide these vaccinations.