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A senior receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp vaccination site in Seattle, Wash., March 2, 2021. (Photo: Carolyn Bick)

The latest news on COVID-19 vaccines

How to find a COVID-19 vaccine – Now that anyone 16 years of age or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine here in Washington state, how do you find one? In case you missed it last week, emerald Journalist Ben Adlin has put together a comprehensive guide to locating a COVID-19 vaccine and everything you’d probably like to know before getting one.

We’ve highlighted some quick guide answers for the “Where should I go to get vaccinated?“question here:

  • Start with your primary care physician (PCP) or health clinic: See if they schedule appointments with their own registration system. If you don’t have a PCP (or even if you do and your PCP doesn’t offer an appointment for vaccines), check out the following options on this list.
  • Seattle City Vaccination Locations: Four locations are located at Rainier Beach, West Seattle, North Seattle and Lumen Field in SODO. Sign up for the waiting list for an appointment through a city website (available in seven languages) or by calling the city’s customer service hotline at (206) 684-2489 (interpreters are available to provide language assistance).
  • King County vaccination sites (outside of Seattle): Locations are open in Auburn, Kent and Redmond. For Auburn or Kent locations, pre-register through a county website (currently only in English), and for Redmond location, pre-register through their own separate website. King County also has a COVID-19 call center that you can call to get on the waitlist at (206) 477-3977 (language interpreters are available).
  • Pharmacy and drugstore chains: Drugstore and drugstore chains like Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, QFC, CVS and many more offer their own vaccine appointments with their own online or phone registration systems. Note that you may need to create an account with these companies in order to get on their waiting list.
  • Vaccine localization tools: Vaccinate WA’s Locator (state run) and CovidWA.com (volunteer run) let you search for immunization appointments available at sites near your zip code. The two groups share information, but the systems remain separate.
  • Find a COVID WA vaccine: A grassroots-led Facebook group that helps communities most at risk, including BIPOC, find immunization appointments through participatory information on vaccine availability.

It’s fine to put your name on a few different date waiting lists, but if you are finalizing an appointment, be sure to remove your name from the other lists!

The above was just a glimpse of some of the valuable information in Ben Adlin’s guide. For more information, see the full article.

Public Health – Seattle and King County Offer In-Home Vaccinations – King County public health officials announced on Monday April 19 that people who have difficulty leaving their homes will qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations at home from a team of mobile caregivers. Eligible persons over the age of 16 include those who cannot easily leave their home due to an injury, developmental disability or health problem. Appointments are a priority for those who need the vaccine the most and those who have the most difficulty leaving their homes.

To make an appointment, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-3977 between 8 a.m. and 7 a.m. any day of the week. People will be asked a number of questions to determine their eligibility, and then an appointment can be made. On-call translation services are available in a number of languages ​​and a limited number of in-person translation services at the time of vaccination is also an option.

Note that due to high demand, you may have to wait several weeks for an appointment. According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, during your in-home appointment you will need to:
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  • Make sure everyone in your house wears a mask, unless they are unable to do so for health reasons.
  • Whenever possible, practice social distancing. If you do not receive the vaccine, stay six feet away from members of the immunization team.
  • Keep pets out of the area where vaccination is taking place.

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