COVID-19 Updates for South King County

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

COVID-19 Updates for South King County

Two Community Vaccination Sites Open in South King County

We need to do everything we can to remove barriers that prevent South King County community members from getting a vaccine once they become eligible.

Delays in federal distribution have slowed the process, but by establishing two high-volume sites, King County stands prepared to move quickly once those vaccines become more readily available.  

The two sites will open on February 1st in Kent and Auburn -- expanding vaccine access to the most vulnerable older adults in South King County For now, the sites will only be available for certain eligible populations and with a limited supply of vaccines.

These sites will offer vaccines by appointment only and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am– 5:30 pm. Beginning Saturday, January 30th at 8:00 am, residents can register for an appointment at Public Health’s vaccine website, Getting Vaccinated in King County.  

Currently, both vaccine supply and appointments are limited. Residents may experience delays, or it may take time before appointments are available due to anticipated high demand. This will get easier as the vaccine supply increases.

To help ensure access for those most at risk, currently registration is open to residents of south King County who are:

  • Age 75 and older OR
  • A family caregiver or home care worker taking care of someone age 50 or older who cannot live independently. The caregiver or home care worker does not need to be 50 or older OR
  • Specific groups of people age 50 and older. Those who are:
    • Unable to live independently and receiving care from a caregiver, relative, in-home caregiver or someone who works outside the home.
    • Living with AND caring for kin (examples include caring for a grandchild, niece or nephew. This does not include parents living with their child.).

For assistance registering by phone, call Washington state’s COVID-19 Assistance Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # for help with registration by phone.  For language interpretation, state your preferred language when you are connected.

Location Information:

  • Kent accesso ShoWare Center 625 W. James St. Park, walk, or arrive by transit and enter building. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Auburn General Services Administration Complex 2701 C St SW. Drive-through site

More information is available at Public Health’s vaccination website.

King County Moves to Phase 2

I’m pleased to share that  Gov. Jay Inslee has announced King County will soon be able to relax some COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.

Beginning Monday, restaurants may reopen indoor service at 25% capacity through 11pm. Indoor entertainment venues — including museums, bowling alleys and concert halls — can also reopen to 25% capacity. Bars that don’t serve food, however, will remain closed for the time being. Complete information can be found in the Seattle Times coverage.

These changes—while small—are a testament to the hard work and sacrifice residents of King County continue to make.  They also reflect that, by following the science and our Public Health leadership, we have one of the lowest rates of infection of COVID-19 for urban counties in the US.  Let’s keep up the good work!

For the latest information on how to stay safe, access vaccines, and help put an end to this pandemic, please visit  King County’s Public Health Insider blog for the latest and best information.

As we look ahead to the task of building back our economy and our community, I encourage you to join me at my Town Hall on Vaccines this upcoming Wednesday, February 3rd from 6:00pm-7:00pm (more information below.)

Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Please join me and the Director of Public Health- Seattle & King County, Patty Hayes, for another virtual town hall. We will be providing an update on the COVID-19 vaccines, roles/responsibilities of Public Health and what can be expected in these next few months. Local community member and nurse Amrit Singh will also join the discussion and share her decision to get the Moderna vaccine and how it has impacted her life. Please submit your questions in advance to


What: Town Hall w/ Patty Hayes (Director of Seattle-King County Public Health)

Topic: The COVID-19 Vaccine

When: Wednesday, February 3rd 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Streamed live- 

While my staff and I are all working remotely, we are still available to serve you during the pandemic. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.



King County Councilmember
District 5