After Advocating for More Federal Doses, City of Seattle to Administer More Than 50,000 Vaccinations Next Week With Largest Single-Week Allocation To-Date
All People Who Live or Work in King County and Have Not Yet Received a Vaccination Should Immediately Sign Up For Seattle’s Notification List
With Vaccine Supply Continuing to Increase, Seattle Could Reach Community Immunity By End of May
SEATTLE (April 23, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the City of Seattle and its partners will administer more than 52,000 COVID-19 vaccinations next week. This is the largest single-week vaccine allocation the City of Seattle and its partners have received to-date, and the City expects this level of supply to either continue or increase in the coming weeks. The City of Seattle will register residents and workers for these appointments through the notification list. With vaccine supply continuing to increase, and if public demand for vaccine continues, Seattle could vaccinate 70 percent of its residents and workers by the end of May.
All people 16 years-old or older who live or work in King County and have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination should sign up now for the City’s vaccination appointment notification list. Once people sign up for the City’s notification list, they will receive an email notification when vaccination appointments become available at any of the four City-affiliated fixed sites in North Seattle, Rainier Beach, West Seattle, and the Lumen Field Event Center. The notification list is available here, and residents can also contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 from Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for assistance completing this form. In-language assistance is available over the phone. The City encourages all residents to be a good neighbor and help others in their community sign up for the notification list.
“For weeks, I’ve been asking the White House and federal government for supplies that match the immense need and demand in our communities. We know that Seattle has the highest level of vaccine enthusiasm in the country, and if given the opportunity, we can vaccinate our residents and workers quickly, equitably, and on a massive scale,” said Mayor Durkan. “After constant advocacy, I’m thrilled that Seattle is starting to receive an allocation to actually vaccinate our communities at scale. Governor Inslee, Executive Dow Constantine, Director Patty Hayes, and Senator Patty Murray have been leaders and true partners. Please, sign up for our notification list today. Be a good neighbor and help your friends and family sign up. If we work together, we can reach community immunity in just a few weeks.”
“Our work - led by Public Health - to maximize equitable vaccine distribution is paying off, with already more than 1.6 million doses in arms. Next week I expect even more doses countywide, including these tens of thousands of appointments in Seattle,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I want to thank the City of Seattle and all our providers for partnering with Public Health to vaccinate our community as quickly and equitably as possible.”
“I am so proud of our Swedish team and grateful for all those who have administered the first 50,000 shots in the arms of our community members,” said Swedish CEO R. Guy Hudson, MD. “This milestone gets us 50,000 steps closer to being with our family and friends again. The dose allocation for next week is what we have been waiting and preparing for, and we are honored to continue to serve our community by getting these doses administered.”
Next week, the City of Seattle and its partners will administer 52,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes 38,600 first doses, and 13,700 second doses. As a point of comparison, this week, the City and its partners received 14,500 first doses of the vaccine, and received 18,600 first doses the week before that. The increase in doses is largely attributable to an increased allocation from the federal government to King County while still receiving the appropriate share through the state allocation. Mayor Durkan has been advocating the federal government for an increased allocation for weeks.
“We said it the day we launched the Community Vaccination Site at Lumen Field and it stills stands: If Dr. Fauci gave us 20,000 doses, we’d work non-stop to have 20,000 shots in arms that same day here at Lumen,” said Calvin W. Goings, Director of the City’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, which with Swedish operates the Community Vaccination Site at Lumen Field. “Our City has stood up the infrastructure, has the expertise, the community partnerships and the determination to get a vaccine to any resident who wants a vaccine, and I’m encouraged to see supply will soon be catching up with demand. I join the Mayor in encouraging every resident to join our notification list today so we can get you a vaccine as soon as possible.”
“With the recent transition of our West Seattle and Rainier Beach community hubs to focus 100 percent on vaccines, we stand ready to vaccinate even more of our community members,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins. “This influx of vaccine to Seattle is much needed and appreciated. Now I want to urge Seattle residents and workers to sign up to be notified when appointments are available so we can ensure every dose finds an arm.”
This week, the Lumen Field Event Center administered its 50,000th vaccination after 15 individual clinics. At peak capacity, the Lumen Field Event Center can administer 22,000 vaccinations per clinic. As supply increases, the Community Vaccination Site at the Lumen Field Event Center will steadily increase its daily operation until it reaches peak capacity.
Earlier this week, the Seattle Fire Department launched two new efforts to increase vaccinations among older adults in King County. Effective immediately, all people 60 years-old and older are able to walk-in to the Community Vaccination Hubs in Rainier Beach and West Seattle and get vaccinated without an appointment. SFD also launched “Good Neighbor” which is an innovative walk-in vaccination program that allows older adults and the person accompanying them to get a vaccination at the Rainier Beach (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp at 8702 Seward Park Ave S, 98118) or West Seattle (Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2801 SW Thistle St, 98126) vaccination sites without an appointment. Interested residents and workers can find more information here.
Since launching its vaccination effort on January 14, the City of Seattle has administered over 127,000 vaccinations to eligible adults (over 82,000 individuals). These vaccinations have occurred at 88 Adult Family Homes, 90 affordable housing buildings with seniors and people with disabilities, 19 pop-ups, 18 permanent supportive housing buildings, two vulnerable youth-serving organizations, and the four City-affiliated fixed vaccination sites. Roughly 45 percent of those vaccinated by the City identify as BIPOC communities.
For more information, including the notification list, visit the City’s vaccination website at www.seattle.gov/vaccine. The site contains vaccination information in seven languages, and in-language assistance is also available over the phone.
Even as more residents get vaccinated, public health measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands remain critical. Please continue to follow all public health guidance, and visit this website from Public Health – Seattle & King County for more information.