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.
     
  • Learn about COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 »»
     
  • Virginia Mason is not scheduling vaccine appointments at our clinics. 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.
     
  • 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 does offer vaccinations as part of routine primary care visits at many of our locations.
       
  • 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.
     

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5-11 Years of Age

 

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Third Dose: Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Patients

Third dose: moderately to severely immunocompromised patients, aged ≥12, 28 days after getting the second Pfizer or Moderna dose.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised patients include those 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

If you are unable to get the same mRNA vaccine as the original series, you can get the other type of mRNA vaccine (i.e. if the original series was with Moderna, ideally the third dose should also be with Moderna, but can be with Pfizer, if Moderna is not available).

Recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should receive a booster dose 2 months after their first, as outlined in the booster guidance above. There is no additional dose for Johnson and Johnson vaccine recipients.

Moderately or severely immunocompromised recipients of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and an additional primary mRNA vaccine aged ≥18 years may receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Janssen) at least 6 months after completing their additional primary dose. Therefore, recipients of an mRNA primary series who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can receive an additional primary dose and booster dose for a total of four COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Third doses are the same dosage as the original vaccine series for both Pfizer and Moderna (versus booster doses where Pfizer is the same and Moderna is half).

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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:

If the primary vaccination was with Johnson and Johnson over 2 months ago:

  • Anyone age 18 and older should get a booster

If the primary vaccination was with Pfizer or Moderna over 6 months ago:

  • Anyone age 18 or older should get a booster

Mixing and Matching

  • Anyone can choose any vaccine for the booster dose, regardless of the initial vaccine given
  • Any vaccine booster is considered appropriate for protecting against COVID-19, and any booster produces better immunity than no booster

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.


 

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 or WA Verify. 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").

    If you are not matched to your records in the state registry WA-IIS system, please call the Washington Immunization Information System hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357). Local RiteAid pharmacies are also contracted to assist in matching your records – view store locator.
     

Vaccination Exemptions

  • 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.

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