Frequently Asked Questions

Who we are

We are a rapidly-growing volunteer group with over 70 members from WA State and around the world. We were frustrated at how long it took to try each vaccination location only to see no appointments available. We developed WA COVID Vaccine Finder (CovidWA.com) to collect appointment availability from the WA Department of Health’s (DOH) official list of vaccination location. The DOH is aware of our site, and we hope to fill the gap until their more comprehensive webpage is available.

Mission Statement:

Make finding available Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Washington State less frustrating and less time-consuming. Our website aggregates available vaccine appointments across the state and provides that information to users in real-time. Read more about our mission.

How do I use this site?

  1. Enter your ZIP code, city, or county name and we'll show you a list of providers that have appointments available.
  2. If we find an open appointment, we provide a link to the vaccination provider's booking webpage.
  3. If you see Available, click the "Schedule" button to visit the provider's website.
  4. Schedule your appointment through the provider's website.
  5. New! Follow @covidwashington for live alerts! You can also call/text your ZIP to (425) 292-1727 for three nearby clinics with availability.
  6. If you need help scheduling an appointment or finding availability due to lack of time, opportunity, or other challenges, here are some resources where you can find help.

Our how-to video

Why are no appointments available?

Right now there are over 1 million Washingtonians looking for an appointment, and only ~120,000 first dose appointments available state-wide each week (WA DOH report). Other WA-specific volunteer groups have formed to help people through the actual booking process if you have trouble booking available appointments. We strongly recommend you join them for one-on-one assistance with booking.

Another reason no appointments might be available when you try to book an appointment even though we show Available is when a provider only has enough doses to provide either first or second doses of the vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, given a few weeks apart. The providers may screen your booking request to ensure that you are looking for the dose they have available.

How does WA COVID Vaccine Finder work?

We check vaccination locations listed by the WA Department of Health every 5 minutes with a combination of scripts and manual checks. If we find an open appointment, we list it on our page and show you a link to the location's booking webpage.

I need help! My internet is really slow / I am not fluent in English / other people keep booking faster than I can type!

We're really sorry. The current situation is definitely frustrating, but hang in there. As vaccine manufacturers ramp up their production, it will become easier and easier to find an appointment. We do not have the ability to provide one-on-one assistance in booking appointments, but please check out the group Vaccine Bookers Washington (vaccinebookerswashington.com) or the group Find a COVID Shot WA (volunteers prioritizing people of color), where you can connect with volunteers who can help you directly. If you just need some general guidance in how to book appointments, there are some helpful tips listed on helpfindmyshot.com and in this video made by Vaccine Bookers Washington.

WA state and some counties/cities are operating call centers if you are unable to book appointments online due to challenges with technology access. Please be aware that wait times for appointment booking assistance have been reported to be ~2-4 hours long and the call centers do not have access to additional "hidden" appointments.

WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline

1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #)
6am – 10pm (Monday – Friday), 8am – 6pm (Saturday/Sunday)
For language interpretation, say your preferred language in English when connected.

Blind and Low Vision COVID Access Line

360-947-3330
Leave a voicemail and a representative from the Washington State School for the Blind will return your call.

King County COVID-19 Call Center

206-477-3977
8am – 7pm
For language interpretation, say your preferred language in English when connected.

Blind and Low Vision COVID Access Line

360-947-3330
Leave a voicemail and a representative from the Washington State School for the Blind will return your call.

Poulsbo/North Kitsap residents

360-394-9795
Operated in partnership with volunteers at North Point Church.

Am I eligible to get the vaccine?

Use the WA State Vaccine Phase Finder to confirm your eligibility (take a screenshot, save the email, and/or print the eligibility page for your records). Vaccination locations will not honor your appointment if you are not eligible. As of Feb 10, 2021, three locations (Auburn General Services Administration Complex; Kent accesso ShoWare Center; Microsoft/Evergreen Redmond) are open only to residents of South King County and/or of highly vulnerable minority communities who meet certain additional criteria.

More about our mission

We believe that as long as COVID-19 vaccine appointment bookings are extremely limited and access to appointments is web-based, members of vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will need special assistance in finding and booking appointments. We cannot possibly solve this problem ourselves, but this site is a contribution we have the power to make, now. We hope WA COVID Vaccine Finder (covidwa.com) helps reduce one barrier to conveniently accessing up-to-date appointment availability. Other WA-specific volunteer groups have formed to help people through the actual booking process. We strongly recommend you join them for one-on-one assistance with booking.

For more information about the communities in King County and WA state that have been most impacted by COVID-19 and continue to be most at risk, see these selected articles and statistics: [1] [2] [3] [4].

How is WA COVID Vaccine Finder (CovidWA.com) helpful if everyone is chasing the same appointments?

Right now, vaccine supplies across the United States, WA state included, are extremely limited, so it is true that nearly all appointments are booked quickly. However, our project helps in two simple ways. All Washingtonians will benefit from spending less time checking each vaccination location for available appointments. We also clearly mark clinics that have waitlists so that those who choose to wait don’t have to keep chasing open appointment slots.

Second, we are deeply concerned that Washingtonians with limited time, tech familiarity, and resources are very often those who need a vaccination the most. Yet the current fragmented appointment system combined with overwhelming competition for appointments will simply lead them to give up. We hope that by providing everyone the same information in one place (and eventually providing direct notification of appointment availability), we can help to make the current system a tiny bit more fair.

Can you expand this site to cover another state?

We are focusing our efforts on WA state for now, but we would be happy to share code with other groups developing similar sites. Visit FindYourVaccine.org to find all official state-run vaccination portals. We are also aware of volunteer-led aggregation efforts nationally: GetMyVaccine and VaccineSpotter and for the following states/cities: New Jersey, New York state, New York City, Massachusetts, California, and Texas. Use our contact form to let us know if we are missing any similar efforts!

What can I do to help other Washingtonians get the COVID vaccine?

There are a lot of things you can do, whether you’ve already been vaccinated, are trying to find an appointment, or are not yet eligible for the vaccine!

If you are tech-savvy, reach out to your friends, neighbors, and local community groups. Let them know when you see appointments available on our site and help walk them through the booking process. If you don’t personally know anyone in need of an appointment, you can volunteer with Vaccine Bookers Washington (vaccinebookerswashington.com) or with Find a COVID Shot WA to help book appointments for others.

If you have a newer smartphone, you can enable WA Notify, a system that helps alert you if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The more people who use it in WA state, the more accurate its alerts become.

You can volunteer with the WA State Public Health Reserve Corps and with local mass vaccination sites even if you don’t have medical training. Thousands of volunteers are going to be needed to help vaccinate the nearly 8 million people in this state!

What can I do to help with this site?

We are currently focused on developing support for as many vaccination locations as possible. We need help from software/web developers as well as people who can test and verify that our automated check for each location is working. Eventually we would like to add more graphics, send notifications to users, integrate with maps, translate this page into as many languages as possible, and add all sorts of other features. We’re trying to get a complex site up and running in just a few weeks, so we welcome more volunteers!

Is the information on this website accurate?

We are doing our best, but can’t make any guarantees. Building a robust, comprehensive website with appointment information from hundreds of booking systems is a complex job. That’s why the official webpage is not yet available. We rely upon information from the Department of Health (DOH) and hundreds of private and public clinic websites. Appointment availability may or may not be accurate due to the challenges of interpreting websites that are constantly changing. Information is only updated periodically and may not be up-to-date. Please verify information directly with the DOH and clinic websites. If you see an appointment available and it’s gone when you go to book, it’s possible someone has already booked the appointment ahead of you. If you know of a location we should add, let us know.