Those 60 years of age and older are now able to walk into the Community Vaccination Hubs in Rainier Beach and West Seattle and get vaccinated without an appointment.
While many older adults in Seattle have been vaccinated, Central Seattle currently has the lowest vaccination rate among people 65 years old and older in King County.
“We are working to remove as many barriers as possible to accessing vaccine for older adults who are more likely to have severe outcomes from COVID-19,” said Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health for Seattle and King County, in a press release.
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To help older adults who may struggle navigating online scheduling systems and transportation, the City of Seattle has launched the “Good Neighbor Program” which allows older adults and the person accompanying them (aged 16+) to be vaccinated at the Rainier Beach or West Seattle sites without an appointment.
“I encourage all Seattleites to be a good neighbor and help older adults in your life get vaccinated,” said Mayor Durkan in a press release. “We all have a role to play in defeating this pandemic. I know everyone is fatigued, and we all want the pandemic to be over. But hope is on the horizon, and now is not the time to let up on our efforts.”
The City and partners have planned to administer approximately 30,000 vaccinations this week.
Those aged 60+ hoping to receive the vaccines without an appointment can do so at the Rainier Beach site at 8702 Seward Park Avenue S, Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm. Vaccines are also available at the West Seattle site at 2801 SW Thistle Street from Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.