Make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine

International Community Health Services (ICHS) is currently offering COVID-19 vaccination on a limited basis to health care providers in accordance with Phase 1a criteria by the State Department of Health.

By appointment only

  1. Click here to get prescreened. Health care workers interested in receiving the vaccine must first answer questions in a prescreening survey. This tool from the Department of Health identifies if you are eligible and assigns priority.
  2. Click here to make an appointment. If you are eligible, you will get a confirmation message to bring to your appointment.

When you arrive

  • Please bring your message from the Department of Health, either digitally or as a printout, that verifies your eligibility. It is required to receive the vaccine.
  • You will be given the vaccine and safety information.
  • We will observe you for 15 minutes.
  • You will schedule your second dose, for 28 days later at the same location.

Eventually, everyone can receive the vaccine

We are waiting for more information to let us know the timeline and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public. We know our initial allocation of doses will be far fewer than the total numbers of people deemed eligible by the Department of Health.

An organized and equitable distribution of a vaccine is the first step to getting the pandemic under control. ICHS is diligently working with public health and community partners to ensure as soon as more vaccine becomes available, we get as many doses as possible to as many people as possible; especially to our patients and community members facing the greatest barriers to health care. We can only slow the spread of the virus when all people – regardless of income, immigration or insurance status – are protected from catching it.

Eventually, everyone who wants a vaccine will have an opportunity to get one. Right now, it’s critical to continue with safety precautions. Wear a mask, limit travel and activities outside the home, and continue social distancing.

For more information

ICHS receives first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

ICHS staff COVID19 vaccinations

On Dec. 23, International Community Health Services (ICHS) was among the first of the area’s health centers to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and begin vaccinating frontline health workers.

Reactions were jubilant, as staff saw the end of a challenging year and the nation’s largest health crisis, come into sight.

Ping Yang receives COVID19 vaccine
Ping Yang, ICHS acupuncturist

“The shot has no pain at all for me,” said Ping Yang, acupuncturist, first to be delivered the vaccine at the International District Clinic. “At last I don’t have to worry, because I’m seeing patients every time and no one knows who is carrying what. The vaccine is good for me, my family, my community and hopefully I can visit my parents, they are 97 years old.

Community members can be confident that the vaccine is safe and that it works, said Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer. “I enthusiastically rolled up my sleeve to be vaccinated and urge everyone to do the same. It is the best way to look out for yourself, your family and your community. I will now be able to spend Christmas with my 89-year-old father with additional protection and without great anxiety. This is how we stop people from dying and return to normal life.”

The vials of the Moderna vaccine are a milestone in ending the pandemic. Initial supplies will be limited and given to groups at highest risk, such as health care workers and people in long-term care facilities, said Getaneh. The next priority groups will be essential workers with higher risk of exposure, adults with underlying health conditions and adults 65 years and older. Eventually there will be enough for everyone who wants a vaccination. She urged patience, as well as offered a reminder there will still be a need to wear a mask, maintain distancing and practice good hygiene for some time.

In February 2020, ICHS was the first community health center in the nation to see a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. As a result, ICHS has helped set best practices guiding the response of the nation’s nearly 1,400 federally qualified health centers, which collectively serve 30 million people, most of them low income, immigrants and refugees.


For more information

Visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County website for the latest information and updates about vaccine development and distribution.

We encourage you to talk to your ICHS doctor about the vaccine’s benefits. Please visit our page with COVID-19 vaccine updates to learn more.