Where to get a vaccine | “Why I got vaccinated” | Will vaccinations be required?

Updated: April 21, 2021

The University expects everyone in the UW community who can get vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. 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 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.

On-campus vaccination options are being developed. The UW is in the process of organizing on-campus vaccination pop-ups for students, faculty and staff later this spring. We will share additional details once sufficient vaccine supplies have been confirmed. In the meantime, we recommend making an appointment through UW Medicine, which offers vaccinations at its medical center on the south side of the Seattle campus and other locations, or at one of the many local pharmacies, clinics and mass vaccination sites linked through the state’s vaccine locator.


When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

All Washington residents age 16 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.

Clinical trials are currently underway to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in people under age 16.


“Why I got vaccinated”

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

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

Ed Taylor

“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

Jane F

“I was so excited to receive my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine! Being vaccinated will allow me to see my grandparents this June for the first time in two years, at my little brother’s high school graduation. I’m really happy to know that I will be keeping my family and friends safe by getting vaccinated. The process of getting vaccinated was so easy – it took about 15 minutes, and was painless other than a little arm soreness. I would urge every UW student to get vaccinated for your community, and to keep those around you safe and healthy.”

– Jane F., UW student

Talia K

“I chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine because the health and safety of our whole community is contingent upon each individual being protected. I was fortunate to get my first dose of the vaccine at UW Medicine, it was simple to navigate the appointment and a painless vaccine to get. I’m very grateful to the scientists, nurses, facilities managers and building custodians who made my vaccine appointment possible, and I encourage everyone to get their vaccine appointment for the overall health and safety of the whole UW community.”

– Talia K., UW student

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

Will the UW require vaccinations?

The University expects all students and employees who are able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so.

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. 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. If COVID-19 vaccinations are required, similar exemptions will be allowed.

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

More information on COVID-19 vaccines