COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Last updated March 10, 2022

UW Medicine’s patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families in the healing process. However, due to the high rates of COVID-19 cases in our community, we have limited visitation for the safety of patients, staff and our community. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. 

Hospitals

Most patients are allowed one to two designated visitors per day, subject to each hospital's guidelines and visitation hours. Visitors are encouraged to limit how long they visit. To safely allow for visitors, we are increasing the level of masks given to visitors and expect visitors to properly wear the masks provided by UW Medicine throughout their visit.

Visiting hours are:

  • Harborview Medical Center: 9 am - 6 pm
  • UW Medical Center: All day
  • Valley Medical Center 8 am - 8 pm (Read Valley Medical Center's visitor policy.)

Vaccination and testing requirements for approved visitors at UW Medicine hospital campuses

All inpatient visitors over the age of 12 and individuals over the age of 18 accompanying an adult to an appointment 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.

Additional restrictions in effect for all visitors

The following additional visitor restrictions remain in effect for all visitors:

  • 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 10 days.
  • Visitors 2 years of age and older (even if fully vaccinated) must wear the mask provided upon entry covering their nose and mouth at all times while in our facilities. If the visitor does not want to remove their own mask, the one given at the entrance may be placed over the visitor’s mask.
  • 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


To be fully vaccinated, visitors must have completed their primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. In the United States, this means completing a 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
  • Documentation from a healthcare provider or electronic health record (for example Epic MyChart)
  • State immunization information system record (for example MyIR at myirmobile.com or WAverify at waverify.doh.wa.gov
  • 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 myirmobile.com or waverify.doh.wa.gov. 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 up to 72 hours. To learn about where to get at-home rapid tests and how to be reimbursed through insurance, please visit https://www.covidtests.gov.

Clinics

Clinics

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: Individuals over the age of 18 accompanying an adult to an appointment 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 scmhelp@uw.edu directly.

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

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