Getting COVID-19 vaccine in King County
September 12, 2023: Updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the newer variants and potentially serious COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.
Supply is limited while vaccine is being shipped. Check with your pharmacy, healthcare provider, or visit Vaccines.gov to search for appointments.
Limited vaccine appointments are available at our Public Health Center in Kent. See Option 3 below for more details.
For questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Department of Health at 1‑800‑525‑0127.
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Check back for upcoming events. In the meantime, visit kingcounty.gov/findaclinic for a list of back to school clinics offering vaccine for children.
Find COVID-19 vaccine near you
Option 1: Call your pharmacy, doctor's office, or health care provider to see if they have open vaccination appointments.
Option 2: Visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you. This website will allow users to search for locations that offer "Bridge Access Program" vaccines for uninsured and underinsured people.
Option 3: Kent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is vaccinating eligible patients Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, at Kent Public Health Center (closed 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm for lunch).
- Uninsured and underinsured adults, aged 19 and older, will be able to get an updated Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot at NO COST.
- Insured adults, aged 19 and older, will only be able to get the updated Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your insurance information to the appointment. Update 10/2/23: Due to unpredictable vaccine supply, appointments for insured people may be cancelled if supply runs out. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- We are still waiting for supplies of updated COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 19, as of 9/28/23. Check back for updates.
PLEASE NOTE: Drop-in capacity is very limited. We strongly recommend making an appointment. You do not need to be an enrolled patient to get vaccinated.
Schedule an appointment:
- Online: kingcounty.gov/kentvaccine. Registration in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese and several other languages.
- By phone: Call 206-477-6950 and choose option #4. You can ask for your language if you need an interpreter.
Option 4: School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) offer free COVID vaccines, flu shots, and other required childhood immunizations for students. Find a list of SBHCs and get more information at kingcounty.gov/immunization/SBHC.
Option 5: In-home vaccination is available for people 6 months of age and older who are eligible for a vaccine AND have an injury, developmental disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes it difficult to leave the home.
To request an appointment: Call 206-848-0243, weekdays, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Say your preferred language when connected. You will be asked a few questions to confirm you are eligible for in-home vaccination. When scheduling, please note how many people in your home would like to get vaccinated.
View our In-home COVID-19 vaccination and boosters FAQ flyer in our Community Materials flyers section.
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine
Cost of vaccine
Most insurance will cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccine, including Medicare and Medicaid/CHIP (“Apple Health”). Remember to bring your insurance card or information to your appointment!
Uninsured and underinsured adults can get COVID-19 vaccine at no cost from:
- CVS, Walgreens, and some independent pharmacies
- Community Health Centers
- Public Health Kent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
- Check Vaccines.gov for locations offering no cost “Bridge Access vaccine appointments
Children aged 18 and younger can get COVID-19 vaccine at no cost from:
- Providers in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Visit kingcounty.gov/findaclinic to find a “Vaccine provider for uninsured/underinsured children”.
- School Based Health Centers
Find information about COVID-19 vaccine in over 40 languages from the Washington State Department of Health. They also have FAQs for parents and guardians about COVID-19 vaccine for children. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website has detailed information about myocarditis and other topics.
What to bring and how to get there
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.
- Health insurance card. Let your provider know if you do not have insurance. Some clinics and pharmacies can provide COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
- Wear short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves that are easy to roll up so that you can get vaccinated in your upper arm.
- Authorized adult consent: If you are younger than 18 years old, you may need consent from an authorized adult to get the vaccine. You can consent for yourself if you are emancipated, married to an adult, or the vaccine site determines you are a mature minor. Not all vaccine sites are able to make mature minor determinations. If an authorized adult will not attend the vaccine appointment with you, check with your vaccine provider about requirements for showing proof of authorized adult consent or legal emancipation.
- Your CDC vaccination card if you are getting a second dose or booster dose. The record of your new dose will be added to the card. If you do not have your card, check ahead with your vaccination site.
How to get there:
If you live in King County and need transportation to your vaccine appointment, there are multiple options:
- 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, use Metro's TripPlanner, or call 206-553-3000.
- Ride United Transportation Access: Call 2-1-1 to check eligibility and schedule rides. Offers free Lyft rides to eligible clients in King County (up to 6 rides in 2023, costing up to $22 each way). View more information about United Transportation Access.
- Hopelink Medicaid: for people with Medicaid or an Apple Health card. Call 800-923-7433 to check eligibility.
- Metro Access services for older adults and people with disabilities: Call 206-205-5000 to check eligibility. Enrollment may take up to 21 days.
Flyers, videos, and resources
Visit our Community materials page to find flyers, videos, and resources about COVID-19 in several languages.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of an individual’s protected class, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, and marital status. If you have a complaint and wish to file a grievance, or have a question about possible discrimination, please contact the King County Civil Rights Program at civil-rights.OCR@kingcounty.gov; 206-263-2446; TTY Relay 7-1-1; or 401 5th Ave, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104.
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