Dieu Tran, of Renton, receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 1 in the concourse of the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.COURTESY FILE PHOTO, King County

Dieu Tran, of Renton, receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 1 in the concourse of the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.COURTESY FILE PHOTO, King County

Eligibility at Kent, Auburn vaccination sites expanded to age 65 and older

COVID-19 shots offered Monday through Saturday

King County Public Health’s Kent and Auburn community vaccination sites have expanded eligibility March 1 to include people age 65 and older.

King County launched its COVID-19 vaccination sites Feb. 1 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent and the General Services Administration (GSA) Complex in Auburn to provide access for vulnerable older adults. The initial restrictions were people 75 and older.

The two sites are by appointment only, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. The sites will continue to provide vaccination for adults who require home care, and their caregivers.

For this week starting March 1, Public Health is able to open additional appointment slots as a result of the amount of vaccine received from the state Department of Health, according to a March 1 news release.

To check eligibility and sign-up for a slot this week, visit the King County Public Health website Getting vaccinated in King County. Public Health staff anticipates the slots will fill up fairly quickly. Public Health will continue to share updates on its COVID vaccine webpage as more vaccine becomes available.

At this time, registration is open to residents of south King County who are:

• Age 65 and older

• A caregiver or home care worker taking care of someone age 50 or older who cannot live independently. The caregiver or home care worker does not need to be 50 or older

• Specific groups of people age 50 and older. Those who are:

– Unable to live independently and receiving care from a caregiver, relative, in-home caregiver or someone who works outside the home.

– Living with and caring for kin (examples include caring for a grandchild, niece or nephew. This does not include parents living with their child).

Registration information

The Kent and Auburn COVID-19 vaccine sites are open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Vaccinations are by appointment only.

Residents can register for an appointment at Public Health’s vaccine website, Getting vaccinated in King County.

Currently, both vaccine supply and appointments are limited. Residents may experience delays, or it may take time before appointments are available due to anticipated high demand. This will get easier as the vaccine supply increases.

Phone assistance available

If you need language interpretation or can’t use the online Phase Finder tool, the following hotlines are available:

• WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Tuesday – Sunday)

• King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For language interpretation, say your preferred language when connected.

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