Where to get the updated Covid shot in King County
Updated Covid vaccines are expected to arrive in Washington state within days, now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended them for everyone six months and older.
People will be able to get the updated shots at pharmacies and doctor’s offices, though availability may be limited at first.
"We expect it may take some time for providers and pharmacies across Washington to get access to update[d] COVID-19 vaccines," the state health department's Covid vaccine director, Heather Drummond, wrote in an email.
One thing that’s different with this round of Covid shots is that the federal government isn’t covering them for everyone.
Anyone with insurance, and all kids 18 and younger, can get them for free.
But adults without insurance can only get free shots at certain locations. That includes community health centers; King County’s public health center in Kent (which may not have the updated shots until the end of September); and Walgreens, CVS, and select other pharmacies.
King County’s public health agency offers in-home vaccination to people who are homebound because of a disability or medical condition.
The county plans to hold community-based vaccination events in coming months, at locations like low-income and senior housing.