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COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Last updated December 6, 2021

New vaccination and testing requirements for visitors at UW Medicine hospital campuses

There are new vaccination and testing requirements for visitors now in effect at these UW Medicine hospital campuses:

  • Harborview Medical Center
  • UW Medical Center – Montlake
  • UW Medical Center – Northwest

All inpatient visitors over the age of 12 and individuals over the age of 18 accompanying an adult to an appointment on a hospital campus must:

  • Show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19; OR
  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within the three days before the visit.

Review details of vaccination and testing requirements


Most patients in our hospitals are allowed one to two visitors per day, subject to each hospital’s guidelines and visitation hours:

  • Harborview Medical Center: 8 am to 6 pm; after hours by request and approval only
  • UW Medical Center – Montlake: All day
  • UW Medical Center – Northwest: All day
  • Valley Medical Center: 8 am to 8 pm; after hours by request and approval only (Read Valley Medical Center’s visitor policy.)

The following additional visitor restrictions remain in effect:

  • Visitors will not be allowed in the rooms of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, except for limited situations such as end of life.
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry and will only be allowed in if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors cannot have pending COVID-19 tests that were taken due to symptoms or exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Visitors cannot have tested positive and still be within their isolation period or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Visitors 2 years of age and older (even if fully vaccinated) must wear an approved mask at all times while in our facilities.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room except when arriving or departing the facility.
  • Visitors may not consume food or beverages in the lobbies, waiting areas, shared patient spaces or when healthcare workers are present in the patient care space.

Your cooperation in observing these restrictions is appreciated and will help us provide the safe environment that is necessary to continue to welcome visitors to our hospitals and clinics.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about visitor restrictions

To be fully vaccinated, visitors must have completed their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines two weeks or more prior to their visit or two weeks from the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Proof of vaccination can be met by presenting one of these documents listed. The document must include your name, date of birth and type and date of vaccination.

  • Centers of Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the front and back of the card o Documentation from a healthcare provider or electronic health record (for example Epic MyChart)
  • State immunization information system record (for example MyIR at or WAverify at
  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above (for example the World Health Organization yellow vaccination card)

As a reminder: It is against the law to use fake proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • All COVID-19 tests except antibody blood tests will be allowed. Proof of a negative test may be paper or electronic and must include the name of the person tested, type of test performed, test result, and date of collection.
  • Antibody blood tests will not be accepted because they indicate a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccination rather than current COVID-19 status.

Yes, each time you enter you will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within the past 3 days.

You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within 3 days of your visit.

No, our staff will not be able to look up your records.  If you received your vaccination at one of our facilities and you are registered for MyChart, you can access your information and show us on your phone or print a copy of your record. Anyone who received a vaccination in Washington state can look up their record through or or You must provide proof of vaccination each time you visit regardless of where you were vaccinated.

You can find sites for PCR or NAAT tests at COVID-19 Testing. PCR or NAAT tests are the most sensitive tests for current COVID-19 infection. Antibody or blood tests will not be accepted as proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Please note same day appointments are not guaranteed at these sites and test results may take 24-48 hours.

Yes, you can schedule a virtual visit by calling the hospital to schedule with the patient’s nurse who will assist with a visit.



At UW Medicine outpatient clinics, we encourage our patients to come alone to their appointments. When necessary, the following exceptions are allowed:

  • Patients may have one adult accompany them. Note: Adult visitors to a clinic on a hospital campus must comply with the vaccination and testing requirements.
  • Postpartum patients may bring their newborns.
  • Patients may bring their children if they have no alternative.

These additional visitor restrictions remain in effect at all outpatient clinics.

Vendors Doing Business with UW Medicine

Vendors Doing Business with UW Medicine

Important update for our vendors, suppliers and contractors

UW Medicine is requiring all vendors, suppliers and contractors working on-site at any UW Medicine facility to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than Monday, January 3, 2022, in supporting the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Proclamation 21-14.1. For more information, please see a copy of our notification.

As a supplier, vendor or contractor of UW Medicine, you are responsible for 1) determining whether the Proclamation applies to you and 2) ensuring your representatives, including employees and subcontractors, comply with UW Medicine’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. To confirm compliance, all suppliers and vendors working on-site at UW Medicine must complete and return the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration form. A Docusign eSignature Vaccination Declaration form is provided for your convenience here.

For questions about these requirements, please first review the Proclamation above, and review the FAQs from the Office of the Governor. For remaining questions, vendors, suppliers, and contractors can contact directly.

Here is the list of compliant non-Vendormate vendors who have completed the declaration and are approved to work on-site at UW Medicine.

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