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

Updated: May 14, 2021

The University will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and expects everyone else in the UW community who can get vaccinated 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?

Madrona Hall pop-ups: The UW will hold vaccination clinics with the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine at Madrona Hall (3rd floor) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18. You can walk in during open hours or make an appointment. Everyone who gets vaccinated at the clinic will receive a free cheeseburger or hamburger. Learn more.

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccinations

UW Medicine

Vaccinations are available to students, employees and the public at five King Co. locations, including UW Medical Center – Montlake on the Seattle campus, which offers walk-in vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
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, or get vaccinated at one of these locations:

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?

All Washington residents age 12 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 12 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines is approved for people age 18 and over. Children under 12 are not yet eligible, however clinical trials for children under 12 are currently underway.


Vaccinations required for students

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

  • Students will need to verify that they’ve been vaccinated before the start of autumn quarter.
  • Exemptions will be granted for medical reasons or for religious or philosophical objections, similar to the current tri-campus requirement for other vaccines.
  • Students 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 will be available this fall if students can’t get vaccinated where they currently live.

Further details – including how students will verify they have been vaccinated or claim an exemption – will be shared early this summer. Hall Health Center is available to answer questions at covidvaxrequirement@uw.edu and will seek to reply by the next business day.

This requirement was implemented on the recommendation UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases. The UW already requires students to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as measles and mumps.

Faculty, academic personnel and staff

Decisions about vaccine requirements for faculty, academic personnel and staff will be made after further consultation with faculty, academic personnel and staff leadership and the state.


“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

Shubhangi B

“Getting a vaccine is important to me not for my own safety but also for the safety of my roommates, friends and family. Getting an appointment was simple with UW Medicine’s advanced scheduling system. As an international student, even my family in my home country is super excited that I can get vaccinated. I encourage all of you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and each one of us and fulfill your responsibility in the community.”

– Shubhangi B., 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

Portrait of Thomas Thorpe

“From the earliest days of the pandemic, I watched many family, friends and colleagues work tirelessly to keep us all safe and stop the spread. Because of their hard work, I knew when the time was right, I wanted to do my part to help. I got vaccinated to keep my community safe, visit with loved ones again, and travel to all the places I have missed so much.”

– Thom Thorpe, University Marketing & Communications

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


More information on COVID-19 vaccines