The City of Seattle has now opened notifications of COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those who meet eligibility.
But patience will still be required to get a shot.
Signing up to get notifications for the city’s vaccine openings is available to anyone who meets eligibility and has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, lives or works in King County and would like to be vaccinated at one of the four city-affiliated vaccination clinics.
For most people, eligibility will still begin on April 15.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were over 100,000 people on the city’s waiting list for an appointment, Mayor Jenny Durkan said.
Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced the expanded eligibility, which starts April 15.
The city’s vaccination clinics are:
- Lumen Field Event Center, 330 South Royal Brougham Way;
- North Seattle College Community Vaccination Hub, 9600 College Way North;
- Rainier Beach Community Vaccination Hub, 8702 Seward Park Ave. S.;
- West Seattle Community Vaccination Hub, 2801 S.W. Thistle St.
The plan for Seattle this week calls for 8,000 doses to be administered Wednesday at the Lumen Field Event Center in Sodo and 15,500 doses to be administered at community hubs in Rainier Beach, West Seattle and North Seattle.
“This is what hope looks like,” Durkan said at the Lumen Field site on Wednesday. The 8,000 shots given on Wednesday mark the most the city has given out in a single day and the 30,000 doses they expect to administer this week also mark a high point. But the city expects to have slightly fewer shots to give out next week, Durkan said, as supply from the federal government continues to increase sporadically.
Renee Rassilyer-Bomers, chief quality officer at Swedish, which is staffing the Lumen Field site, said they plan to continue to increase the number of shots they administer in a day, so they’ll be ready when vaccine supply increases. The site is currently open only two days a week. By the end of the month, they hope to administer more than 20,000 shots in a day.
“We have the infrastructure, we just need the juice,” Durkan said.
“People need to be patient,” Durkan said. “Sign up, because that’s going to get you on the list; you’re not going to get an email every week.”
Durkan said the city would continue to follow the state’s eligibility guidelines as staffers work through the wait list in the coming weeks. Those who became eligible sooner will be notified sooner from the wait list.
Pop-up clinics will also be held at El Centro de la Raza, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Idris Mosque. More information about the vaccination sites and the process is available at seattle.gov/vaccine.
If you receive either the Moderna or Pfizer shot, you will be scheduled for your second dose during the process of lining up your first dose, according to the city.
City services — including vaccinations — are available to residents regardless of citizenship or immigration status.