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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 10 August 2022

Seattle

Vaccinations required for school entry are available at free, convenient vaccination events throughout August in Seattle, Federal Way, Renton, and Auburn. Clinics will be hosted by Stepping Stone Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital/Odessa Brown Clinic, and MultiCare in collaboration with school districts and community-based organizations. Check King County’s Find a Clinic webpage for a full list of free vaccination clinics, locations, and times. This webpage will be continuously updated as additional events are scheduled.

Each of these events will provide all vaccines required for K-12 school entry, including Tdap, DTaP, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, and polio.

In addition, free COVID-19, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines will be available for children up to age 18. Clinics that are held in September will also include the annual flu vaccine, and additional flu vaccine sites will be listed on kingcounty.gov/findaclinic as we move into fall.

No one will be turned away

As routine medical visits were postponed during the pandemic, childhood vaccination rates have dropped. In 2021, 13% fewer vaccines were administered to King County children ages 4 to 6 years old, compared to the pre-pandemic five-year average (2015-2019). 

“Childhood vaccinations are vital to protect both our children and the community from serious illnesses,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Vaccines have been so effective in decreasing once common, life-threatening childhood infections that it's easy to forget how important it is to keep our children protected from those illnesses. The only reason we don’t see diseases like childhood meningitis, measles, polio, and tetanus more often today is because the majority of children are vaccinated. I’m grateful to our community partners for their help in making childhood vaccinations free and easy to get for everyone.”

You do not need to be an established patient to receive free vaccinations at any of these clinics. Vaccinations will be available to everyone, at no cost, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Families may be asked for insurance information but won’t be charged. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance.

Please wear short sleeves. Families are strongly encouraged to bring any vaccination records available. Interpretation available upon request.

Vancouver Free or Low Cost Clinics

Delta Direct Care
2370 E 3rd Loop Suite 230, Vancouver
360-999-5138
Please call ahead to ensure availability.
Monday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SeaMar Vancouver Medical Clinic
14508 N.E. 20th Ave.,Ste 102, Vancouver
360-852-9070
Appointment preferred, walk in patients will be accepted.

Miller Family Pediatrics
2632 E St. Washougal
360-818-7500
By appointment only.

Updates to school and childcare vaccination requirements

Students in preschool or kindergarten, including transitional kindergarten, who are four years old or older on September 1st, need to have a booster dose of DTaP, polio, MMR and varicella vaccines. In other words, the booster doses originally required for kindergarten entry are now required at age four. Students between the ages of 4 and 5 on September 1st will also need PCV and Hib vaccines for school entry. More information about these changes is available on the Washington State Department of Health’s School Immunization Chart.

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