COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • 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.
  • As availability of vaccine providers across the region has increased, the demand for large scale vaccination events has decreased. Virginia Mason offers vaccinations as part of routine primary care visits at many of our locations. For vaccine only appointments we recommend visiting a community vaccine provider close to home. For information about vaccine availability near you, please visit
  • 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.

Current COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending third doses for certain individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID two-dose vaccine series.

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Currently, the CDC is recommending a third dose for two groups of people.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised

Patients that are moderately to severely immunocompromised who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) should receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second dose. This includes people 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

Higher risk patients 6 months after getting second Pfizer dose

Patients who completed their Pfizer vaccine series over 6 months ago and are:

  • Over age 65
  • Resident of a long-term care facility
  • Aged 18-64 with an underlying medical condition placing them at higher risk of a poor outcome with COVID.

Eligible patients are recommended to obtain their third dose through a community vaccine provider close to home. Virginia Mason will continue to update our website as information on booster dose, including eligibility and access, changes.

Individuals not included in the criteria above are not approved/eligible for a third dose at this time. Of note: Immunocompromised patients who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and higher risk patients who received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine are not eligible. Please contact your health care provider if you have questions about your eligibility.

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 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").

    Individuals that are unable to match their records are encouraged to complete the MyIR Records release of information online form. 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.