COVID-19 Testing for the Community Is Now Available Again

Seattle Children’s is once again offering COVID-19 testing for community members age 20 and younger. A doctor’s order is needed and an appointment must be scheduled. Walk-ins are not accepted. Appointments are available 7 days a week at Seattle Children’s urgent care locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and the Sand Point Learning Center near the hospital (drive-through; Monday through Saturday).

Find complete information on our vaccine testing page here.

Second Boosters Available 

Seattle Children’s is now offering a second COVID-19 vaccine booster to eligible workforce members, patients and community members. These include:

  • Individuals age 50 years and older, at least four months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Individuals age 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, at least four months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

We only offer the Pfizer booster vaccine. Appointments are required and can be scheduled using our public portal. For more details, visit our COVID-19 Vaccines page or read the CDC’s booster shot recommendations.

COVID-19 Transmission Rates

We have been monitoring the impacts of decreased community masking and the COVID-19 omicron BA 2 variant closely.

  • Hospitalizations in Washington due to COVID-19 are currently low; however, we are starting to see an increase in transmission.
  • The key indicator that the CDC is directing healthcare facilities to monitor is transmission in your area.  As you can see here,  King County, WA is currently in substantial transmission and rising.
  • The CDC is directing the public to look its “community level” of COVID-19 when considering preventative actions.  This incorporates hospitalizations which will be a later indicator of surge.  The community level across Washington State currently is low.

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Pediatric Toolkit 

You can find the latest COVID-19 vaccine materials for providers and parents in an updated toolkit from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) website.

Capacity at Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s remains very busy with high inpatient occupancy, winter-like patient numbers in the Emergency Department, and an ongoing mental/behavioral health surge.  We are no longer seeing significant RSV activity and have had only low levels of influenza.