HERBOLD: Vaccination site coming to West Seattle; Nothing firm yet but news should come next week
District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared this announcement in her weekly news letter to constituents on Friday Jan. 29.
A couple weeks ago, I let you know that the Seattle Fire Department has begun COVID vaccinations starting with mobile teams that will vaccinate up to 1,000 residents and staff of adult family homes and some permanent supportive housing residences.
I explained that the City has the infrastructure in place to quickly turn at least one of the existing COVID testing sites into a mass vaccination site – what we don’t have is access to the necessary vaccine supply. I’ve heard from many of you wanting to know what’s in store for West Seattle, given the closure of the West Seattle Bridge and ongoing restrictions on lower level bridge access and significant congestion on detour routes off of the peninsula.
This week, I received confirmation from the Mayor’s Office that the City is planning to stand up a West Seattle vaccination site as part of its overall testing strategy. I’ll meet with the Mayor’s Office next week to learn more about their plans. The timing is dependent upon when there is an adequate supply of vaccines; vaccines are in limited supply and the number and timing of doses that Seattle receives is determined by the state and federal government. I know there is a lot of interest in supporting West Seattle vaccination sites, and I will keep you updated about these plans as I learn more and continue to advocate for local vaccinations.
The City of Seattle launched a vaccine website and weekly vaccination newsletter this week: learn more and sign up here.
Where can I learn more about vaccination?
- King County hosts a COVID vaccine data dashboard, showing allocations of doses locally, as well as doses administered.
- Learn more about the State’s vaccination rollout plan.
- Most health insurers are waiving copays and deductibles for the COVID vaccine.
- Here’s a handy list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID vaccine.
- Learn more about the safety of COVID vaccines in the US.