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Where to get a vaccine | Booster shots | Vaccination requirement | “Why I got vaccinated”

The University of Washington requires students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines being administered are safe and effective, and you can be vaccinated at any provider at no cost to you. 

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccinations

UW Medicine

Vaccinations are available to students, personnel and the public at multiple UW Medicine locations.
Note: UW Medicine employees must use the employee survey.

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Vaccine locator

Find pharmacies, clinics and other locations offering vaccines around the state of Washington, including near UW campuses.

Not currently in Washington? details where to get vaccinated in states and territories across the United States. And local health departments can provide information on vaccination options outside the United States.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

All Washington residents age 5 and over are eligible to receive a vaccine, as are residents in all states and territories in the United States. Eligibility outside the United States varies by country, so please check with the relevant health department to learn more.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for anyone 5 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people age 18 and over. Children under 12 are not yet eligible; however, clinical trials are currently underway.

Booster shots

A booster shot of a coronavirus vaccine is strongly encouraged for everyone age 12 and over who received the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. UW employees are allowed to use release time to get a booster shot.

People age 18 and over can receive another dose of the vaccine they received previously, or a booster shot of a different vaccine. People age 12-17 can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a booster.

The timing for the shot varies based on which vaccine you originally received.

  • If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, it is recommended you get a booster shot at least five months after your second shot of the initial two-dose series.
  • If you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it is recommended you get a booster shot at least two months after your first shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has additional information regarding booster shots. Consult your health care provider for questions specific to your individual circumstances, including situations involving vaccines not listed above.

At this time, the state of Washington has not added a booster shot requirement to its definition of “fully vaccinated” under the state’s vaccination mandate. Any changes to University vaccination requirements will be made in accordance with changes to state and local public health requirements.

Vaccinations required for students and personnel

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, the University of Washington is requiring all students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with certain exemptions allowed.

  • Students and UW personnel are required to be fully vaccinated or receive an exemption. UW Medicine clinical personnel should continue to follow UW Medicine policies and procedures. Vaccination is a condition of employment as of Oct. 18, 2021.
  • All students and personnel should get vaccinated as soon as possible, wherever they are currently living. Vaccines authorized by the United States, by the World Health Organization or by other nations will meet this requirement.
  • Vaccinations are available on and near campus if students and personnel can’t get vaccinated where they currently live.
  • At this time, the state of Washington has not added a booster shot requirement to its vaccination mandate.

Hall Health Center is available to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine requirements at and will seek to reply by the next business day.

These requirements were implemented on the recommendation of the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases. The UW already requires students to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as measles and mumps.

“Why I got vaccinated”

Learn from UW community members why they got vaccinated – and why they encourage you to do the same.

Ed Taylor portrait - Watch his vaccine story on YouTube

“I got the vaccine because I believe in and trust science. I got the vaccine because it gets me a little closer to being in the company of you, my friends, my family, loved ones and ‘every-day people.’ I got the vaccine because I want my community and workplace to be safe and for us all to be present to one another.”

– Ed Taylor, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Hear Dean Taylor talk about why he got vaccinated

Kayla N

“I chose to get vaccinated to protect my community and my loved ones. As a daughter of a Filipina nurse, it means so much to me to receive this vaccine and to finally be able to plan a trip home to Southern California to see my mom, aunt and senior pups. Making my appointment and receiving the vaccine was quick, easy and painless. I was in and out in 20 minutes and experienced little to no side effects. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and protect the UW and global community!”

– Kayla N., UW student

Portrait of Julie Kientz

“I am a strong believer in public health and working together toward a common good. I was very excited to get vaccinated to help support people in my community who cannot get vaccinated. This was especially important to me as children, including my own, are currently too young to get vaccinated and need to be protected by those who can.”

– Julie Kientz, Professor and Chair, Human Centered Design & Engineering

Tyler A.

“I got vaccinated against COVID-19 because I wanted to visit high-risk family and friends, protect our community and end the pandemic. Another easy, painless layer of protection against the virus for myself isn’t bad either! Please get vaccinated when it’s available to you.”

– Tyler A., UW student

Read more stories from UW community members about why they got vaccinated.


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