Where can I get a vaccine? | When can I get a vaccine?

Updated: April 7, 2021

The University strongly encourages UW employees and students to get vaccinated when they become eligible. All Washington residents age 16 and older will become eligible April 15. The currently available vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are all safe and effective, and vaccinations are offered at no cost at any provider.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Vaccinations are available to eligible UW students and employees, as well as the public.
Note: UW Medicine employees must use the employee survey.

Vaccinate WA

Vaccine locator

Find pharmacies, clinics and other locations offering vaccines around the state of Washington.

Not currently in Washington? Vaccines.gov 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?

The Washington Department of Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1B – Tiers 3 and 4 on March 31. Eligible individuals include:

  • People 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
  • All people 60 years and older
  • People, staff and volunteers in correctional facilities, groups homes for people with disabilities, and settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services
  • High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings: restaurants, food services, construction and manufacturing

Members of previous phases also remain eligible:

  • Critical workers in certain high-risk settings
  • People who are pregnant
  • People who have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe illness
  • Anyone over age 65
  • People over 50 who live in a multigenerational household as defined by the Washington Department of Health.
  • Pre-K-12 educators, school staff and licensed childcare providers
  • Personnel including support staff working consistently (at least one day a week) in a Pre-K-12 or childcare setting
  • High-risk health care workers, first responders, and staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Personnel working consistently (at least one day a week) in patient-care settings, either at or outside the University. At the University, in addition to the medical centers, this includes Hall Health Center, School of Dentistry clinics, the Center on Human Development and Disability, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, and the Health Sciences Building RR-wing
  • Research personnel who handle SARS-CoV-2 samples and/or conduct patient-facing clinical research

On April 15, all Washingtonians 16 and older will be eligible.

See the state’s COVID-19 vaccine prioritization guidance for more details about eligibility and find a vaccine provider near you.


Will the UW require vaccinations?

All employees and students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are eligible.

The University, with guidance from the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, is currently evaluating whether to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and/or employees. If vaccinations are required, exemptions for medical reasons or religious or philosophical will be allowed.

The UW already requires students to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as measles and mumps. Exemptions are allowed for a documented medical issue or a philosophical or religious objection.

Regardless of whether it is required, we intend to provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations on or near campuses for students, faculty and staff as supplies become available.

Estimated timeline for COVID-19 vaccine availability to Washington residents

On April 15, all Washingtonians 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Prior to that, the Washington Department of Health is allocating vaccines based on eligibility, with its vaccine allocation plan summarized below.



More information on COVID-19 vaccines