Mayor Durkan: Seattle ‘so close’ to becoming first US city to be fully vaccinated
Seattle continues to push resources into its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, with Mayor Jenny Durkan speaking Thursday to provide an update on the city’s progress.
Durkan had previously set a goal for Seattle to become the first U.S. city to vaccinate 70% of its eligible adults. As of Thursday, Seattle has been making headway, with just one other city — San Francisco — pacing ahead of it.
“When we opened our facilities, I said I wanted to be the first city in American to be fully vaccinated,” she said. “We are so close.”
As of Thursday, over 60% of eligible adults in Seattle have received at least one dose. The city also has over 14,000 available vaccine appointments combined across the Lumen Field Event Center, vaccination hubs in Rainier Beach and West Seattle, and an additional drive-through hub in North Seattle.
The city is also hoping to find new ways to make vaccines as convenient as possible, including with a new partnership with the Seattle Sounders.
“We’re going to get innovative and creative,” Durkan said. “We’re going to try something new — if you’re going to the Sounders game and you haven’t been vaccinated, we’re going to have walk-up vaccinations.”
Vaccines will be available during matches at Lumen Field starting Sunday, May 2 on a walk-up basis “with no appointments necessary,” operating out of the West Field Plaza outside of section 140 and the East Main Concourse outside of section 104.
Also speaking during Thursday’s press conference was U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who offered praise for the city’s ongoing vaccination efforts.
“Seattle has done phenomenal work, from the very first days we started to learn more about this pandemic to today,” he said.
You can find the latest vaccine information here, sign up for Lumen Field, Rainier Beach, or West Seattle appointments here, or register for the North Seattle hub here. If you live or work in King County, you can register and check appointment availability through this portal.