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Having trouble making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Washington? Here are some tips

Everyone 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, and officials want to vaccinate as many people as possible.

On May 12, everyone age 12 and older became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state.

This means more than 6.5 million people in Washington are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Try utilizing these tips if you're having trouble booking an appointment to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How to make an appointment at a government site or get on a Seattle waitlist

To sign up for an appointment at your local health department or other healthcare partner, visit PrepMod.com.

Click “Find a clinic.”

Select “Vaccination” as the service you’re seeking and your appropriate age group.

PrepMod allows you to search by zip code, location, date, and vaccine brand.

The city of Seattle is operating its own mass vaccine site in SODO at 3820 6th Ave. S.

Mass vaccination sites

Two mass vaccination sites are operating in Washington state. 

Hours and registration information are different for each location. Schedule may change depending on vaccine availability. 

Spokane: Administering first and second doses. Make an appointment online through the Safeway/Albertson's registration system. Those eligible who can't make an appointment can utilize the vaccine waiting lot, which opens 45 minutes prior to closing time - doses are not guaranteed in the waiting lot. 

  • Location: Spokane Arena (720 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201)
  • Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Transportation Options: Spokane Transportation Directory (PDF); Parking is free
  • Vaccine: Moderna (second dose) and Johnson & Johnson

Wenatchee: Administering first and second doses. Make an appointment using PrepMod

  • Location: Town Toyota Center (1300 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801)
  • Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Vaccine: Pfizer BioNTech

Note: Do not go to a vaccine location without an appointment. Those receiving their second dose should being their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

How to make an appointment at major hospitals

MultiCare: Schedule a first-dose appointment by visiting MultiCare’s COVID-19 vaccine website.  

Open the scheduler and verify eligibility by filling out the questionnaire.

UW Medicine: Schedule your first dose through UW Medicine online or by calling 1-844-520-8700.

PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth issues a weekly allocation plan for various communities.

Appointments will either be scheduled online, over the phone, or through the patient portal.

Visit PeaceHealth’s vaccine page and scroll down to “what to know for your community” to find out the best way to schedule a vaccination appointment.

How to make a walk-in appointment

Appointments can also be made through many doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

The state’s VaccineLocator website allows users to search for nearby appointments by ZIP code.

The list is updated every few hours with available appointments.

VaccineFinder.org also uses your ZIP code to find nearby vaccine appointments.

Note: Both websites will refer users to third-party sites to check availability and schedule an appointment.

Home-based vaccination

If you or someone you know is homebound and unable to travel to a vaccine site, you may be able to get a vaccine in your home.

Fill out a survey with the Washington State Department of Health to request service. If you have questions, email COVID.Vaccine@doh.wa.gov.

Utilize social media and volunteer sites

Social media can be another useful tool to find vaccine appointments.

Facebook group “Find a COVID shot WA,” for example, crowdsources vaccination resources to help people get vaccinated. The group uses hashtags to help people search for open COVID-19 vaccine clinics and full appointments.

CovidWA.com, a volunteer-built vaccine-finder website, also has features to help people snag vaccine appointments.

Helpful phone numbers

Still having trouble making an appointment?

The state COVID-19 assistance hotline can be reached by dialing 1-800-525-0127. The hotline is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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