Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Kent COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to close at end of March

Still time to get free shots before federal funding for clinic expires

Public Health’s Kent COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will close after Saturday, March 30 due to a decrease in federal funding.

Now is a good time to get up to date on COVID-19 vaccination while these sites are open, according to a Feb. 29 blog by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

It’s especially important for older adults to get the latest COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the strains of COVID people are catching now. As of Feb. 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people 65 and older get an additional dose of the updated (2023-2024) COVID-19 vaccine.

Through the end of March, COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Kent Public Health Center, 25742 104th Ave. SE. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch). Drop-ins are welcome, but people are asked to make an appointment.

Go online to register at kingcounty.gov/kentvaccine. Registration in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese and several other languages. By phone, call 206-477-6950 and choose option #5. You can ask for your language if you need an interpreter.

There is no cost for the shot if you don’t have insurance or if your insurance does not fully cover the cost.

Most insurance pays for the entire cost. If you have insurance, you are required to bring your insurance information, according to Public Health. Kaiser will not reimburse for vaccination at this site since it is out of network.

You can also get a free flu shot when you get a COVID-19 shot.

After the Kent clinic closes the end of March, you can get COVID-19 vaccinations and other vaccinations at community health centers, most pharmacies and other health care providers, according to Public Health. Find a vaccination location at vaccines.gov. These locations will continue after the end of March.

If you are looking for vaccination for children under 3 years, contact your child’s pediatrician or a Childhood Vaccine Program (CVP) provider.

Public Health offers in-home COVID-19 vaccination through at least June of this year at no cost. The program is for anyone who has difficulty leaving home due to a disability, health condition, injury, etc. Call the In-Home COVID-19 Vaccine Program at 206-848-0243 or email vaccineinfo@kingcounty.gov.

Public Health said it is enormously proud and grateful to the Kent staff who have made it possible to vaccinate over 3,340 people since October 2023.


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