COVID-19 Vaccine 

Updated Jan. 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Our Patients & Community

Unpredictable vaccine supply is impacting our ability to schedule vaccine appointments.

We are working with UW Medicine and our community partners to try and secure enough vaccine to fulfill all the appointments that have been scheduled. Supply is a critical factor in meeting demand and when supply is too low, we must pause scheduling. We will open additional appointment slots as vaccine becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process. If you have already received your first vaccine dose, we will make sure you get your second dose. We will update this webpage again when we are scheduling appointments again. 

At Valley Medical Center, we are working to protect and care for our community and staff. We are following the Department of Health (DOH) and CDC guidelines for who qualifies to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This allows for people who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19 to get the vaccine earlier.

Washington State is currently in Phase 1A and 1B (Wave 1) of the state Department of Health Vaccination Guidelines. When we resume scheduling, we will make appointments for patients who meet these guidelines: 

  1. Frontline healthcare workers and first responders
  2. People who are age 65 years and older
  3. People who are age 50 years and older in a multigenerational (two or more generations) household, defined as:
           People who are 50 and older AND are living with and caring for a grandchild, niece or nephew
           * People who are 50 and older AND are not able to live independently, who either:
                    *Are receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver, or
                    *Are living with someone who works outside the home

Already have your first vaccination appointment scheduled? Click here for details on where to go and what to bring to your appointment. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information 

 For the most current information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC, DOH, and King County COVID-19 vaccine webpages.

 Phase 1B wave 1

For full version of COVID Vaccine Phases & Waves (or for printing) please click here.

 Definitions of some terms used in the timeline graphic above:

CO-MORBIDITIES: Morbidity is a medical term that means illness or disease. Co-morbidities means more than one illness or disease occurring in one person at the same time. Phase 1B-Wave 3 includes people with 2 more comorbidities or underlying conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness if infected with COVID. This list of these conditions can be found on the CDC website.

CONGREGATE SETTING: An environment where individuals work and/or reside in an enclosed space and where they are interacting with a high volume of people over an extended period of time and not able to consistently maintain physical distance.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY: For the purposes of the vaccine allocation guidance, long-term care facilities are defined as community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance and are unable to reside independently in the community.