COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Information
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Virginia Mason Medical Center is partnering with the City of Seattle and Swedish Medical Center to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses at the Amazon Meeting Center in downtown Seattle. To check your eligibility and to schedule a weekend appointment, please complete the registration at the City of Seattle vaccination website.
- All available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at reducing the risk of COVID-19. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others. The vaccine is the best protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, while helping to reduce the symptoms of infection and speed recovery.
- Since we began administering COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December 2020, Virginia Mason Medical Center is pleased to have vaccinated 53,000 individuals.
- Virginia Mason offers vaccinations as part of routine primary care visits at many of our locations. For vaccine only appointments we recommend visiting a community vaccine provider close to home. For information about vaccine availability near you, please visit VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov.
- Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, keep physical distance from others and stay home when you are unwell.
- Email us with your vaccination questions.
Current COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information
The Washington State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending:
- A booster/third dose for certain individuals at higher risk who received the Pfizer two-dose vaccine series
- A third dose for immunocompromised individuals who received either the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine series
Virginia Mason Medical Center is partnering with the City of Seattle and Swedish Medical Center to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses at the Amazon Meeting Center in downtown Seattle. To check your eligibility and to schedule a weekend appointment, please complete the registration at the City of Seattle vaccination website.
For patients that are currently eligible for a Pfizer booster dose (see eligibility information below) and completed the initial two-dose series six months or longer ago, we are offering a limited walk-in clinic at the downtown Health Resources Building on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Health Resources Building clinic is walk-in only, no appointment is needed. Enter at the 909 University St. ramp entrance with the blue and white tent, across from Horizon House. Please note that the line may be lengthy at times. We appreciate your patience.
Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?
Currently, the CDC is recommending a third dose for two groups of people.
Moderately to severely immunocompromised
Patients that are moderately to severely immunocompromised who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) should receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second dose. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Higher risk patients 6 months after getting second Pfizer dose
Patients who completed their Pfizer vaccine series over 6 months ago and are:
- 65 years or older
- Resident of a long-term care facility, nursing or group home, dormitory, correctional facility, or homeless shelter
- Aged 18-64 with an underlying medical condition placing them at higher risk of a poor outcome with COVID.
- 18 years or older who work in high-risk settings
Eligible patients are recommended to obtain their booster/third dose through a community vaccine provider close to home, as our hospital and clinic vaccine supply is limited. If you are an immunocompromised patient in need of a third dose, please contact your primary care provider. A booster/third dose may also be available through your Virginia Mason Franciscan Health provider as part of a routine clinic visit; however supplies are limited.
Individuals not included in the criteria above are not approved/eligible for a third dose at this time. Of note: Immunocompromised patients who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and higher risk patients who received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine are not eligible. Please contact your health care provider if you have questions about your eligibility.
Vaccination Certificates and Proof of Vaccination
- Digital vaccination certificates available. Washington State COVID-19 vaccination certificates for individuals and their family members are now available through Washington MyIR mobile. Full immunization records are available at WA.myIR.net. If you received the vaccine in Washington, you can register online to access your vaccination record. The DOH has created an informational flier on handling Vax Cards, available in English and Spanish, with more languages coming soon. (Note the certificates are located on the "Documents" page once the system links your record — they are not under "Immunizations").
Individuals that are unable to match their records are encouraged to complete the MyIR Records release of information online form. Local RiteAid pharmacies are also contracted to assist in matching your records – view store locator.
- Certain individuals may qualify for vaccine exemption based on particular health risk factors. Please contact your primary care team for further information regarding vaccine exemption requests.