As of April 15th, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 16 years and older who live or work in Washington state.
All appointments are full. Please check back soon for updates.
Regardless of insurance or Medicare status, please bring the following to your appointment:
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of cost and available to all, whether you have insurance or are uninsured.
*You will not be turned away if you do not have a photo ID.
If more data becomes available, we will update our page in accordance with CDC guidelines
A key benefit of mRNA vaccines is that the process to develop them can be standardized and scaled up more efficiently than other methods, which has been especially important in our response to COVID-19.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells. For COVID-19 viral vector vaccines, the vector (not the virus that causes COVID-19, but a different, harmless virus) will enter a cell in our body and then use the cell’s machinery to produce a harmless piece of the virus that causes COVID-19. This piece is known as a spike protein and it is only found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The cell displays the spike protein on its surface, and our immune system recognizes it doesn’t belong there. This triggers our immune system to begin producing antibodies and activating other immune cells to fight off what it thinks is an infection.
At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect us against future infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The benefit is that we get this protection from a vaccine, without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19. Any temporary discomfort experienced after getting the vaccine is a natural part of the process and an indication that the vaccine is working.
There are also two other vaccines that are currently in their Phase 3 large-scale clinical trials.