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City of Seattle adds new community vaccination hub in North Seattle

A walk-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of SEA Mayor's Office/Twitter)

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a new community COVID-19 vaccination hub to be located at North Seattle College.

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The site, operated by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association, will be the fourth city-affiliated vaccination site, joining the existing sites at Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach, and West Seattle.

To start, the North Seattle College site will be able to provide 1,170 vaccinations per week, with the capacity to scale up to 6,400 when supply permits. It will operate three days per week initially, Wednesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For those who are eligible now, you can sign up for the city’s notification list, and will then receive an email when vaccination appointments become available at any of four city-affiliated sites. Find the notification list here, or contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489.

“This pandemic is a once-in-a-generation challenge and vaccinating our communities is not something that any individual or organization can face alone,” Durkan said in a written release. “The City is proud to partner with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association and Seattle Colleges to open a new vaccination hub in North Seattle. This site is all the more important as cases surge across our city, but particularly in the North End.”

“We all have a role to play in defeating this pandemic especially as cases are rising in our region and state. Please, get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible,” she added. “If you’re not yet eligible, you can help someone in your community get an appointment through our notification list. I know everyone is fatigued, and we all want to pandemic to be over. But now is not the time to let up on our efforts.”

This week alone, the City of Seattle and its clinical partners will administer approximately 18,700 doses.

Since Jan. 14, Seattle’s vaccination efforts have resulted in 49,794 vaccinations (more than 39,000 individuals) of eligible residents and workers. The vaccinations have taken place at 88 adult family homes, 83 affordable housing buildings with seniors and people with disabilities, 15 community vaccination events, and the three previous community hubs.

In response to Gov. Inslee’s announcement Wednesday that all adults statewide will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 15, Mayor Durkan says it will help reduce confusion.

“Governor Inslee’s decision to open up vaccine eligibility will reduce confusion in our communities and help cities, hospitals, and health care providers across our state vaccinate more people as quickly as possible,” she said in a written release. “Seattle is ready to significantly expand our vaccination efforts. With the addition of our new vaccine site in North Seattle, the City is now able to administer up to 168,000 shots each week.”

“But in Seattle and across our region, the demand for vaccinations far outpaces our current supply. However, President Biden and the White House have committed to significantly increasing supply in April and May, and it’s critical that we see a significant increase to meet demand,” Durkan continued.

The mayor pledged to work with the governor, federal delegation, and the White House to secure more doses for the region as the supply increases.

“This is particularly important in Seattle, where our appointment waitlist is nearly seven times our weekly supply,” Durkan said.

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Find more information about Seattle’s vaccination efforts, and the notification list, at the city’s vaccination website online here. This site has information available in seven languages, and in-language assistance is available over the phone.

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