On March 13, Seattle’s Community Vaccination Site at Lumen Field successfully launched, vaccinating over 2,100 people from the community! A collaboration between the City of Seattle, First & Goal Inc., and Swedish, the vaccination site is growing capacity as access to vaccines increases, with a goal of vaccinating 5,000+ people weekly provided supply is available. Local legends Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe volunteered on Wednesday, March 17 to help people find their way and get their vaccinations. Check out video from their visit here!
Clinics are currently running on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Appointments are required; sign up here for appointment opportunities. Please note that walk-ins will not be accommodated at the vaccination site. Sign up here to be notified in case appointments become available for future clinics. To operate at full capacity, the center will run 4 shifts, each with roughly 600 people. Since the majority of that 600 person staff are volunteers, please consider registering here to volunteer. Clinical and non-clinical support is needed.
The Lumen Field Community Vaccination Site is connected to several King Count Metro bus routes and Link light rail. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations are available, and translation services are available for over 200 languages. Parking is available at the Lumen Field parking garage and is free for volunteers and patients.
The CDC issued interim public health guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals on March 8. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infections and possibly less likely to infect others with COVID-19. At this time, we do not know how long vaccine protection lasts or how effective current vaccines are against new COVID-19 variants. For this reason, it is still necessary for all people to follow some prevention measure regardless of their vaccine status. For instance, all people are asked to avoid medium and large sized in-person gatherings, avoid unnecessary travel, and follow all guidance for social activities in public settings like wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer, Moderna) or they have received a single dose vaccine (J&J). Fully vaccinated individuals may:
Visit with other fully vaccinated individuals indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.
Visit with unvaccinated individuals from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 complications indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.
Refrain from quarantine and testing following known exposure to COVID-19 if they continue to be asymptomatic.
It is important to remember that mask mandates must continue to be followed in public spaces regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. While the activities listed in the new CDC guidance are considered low-risk for those who have been fully vaccinated, they are not completely without risk. We must continue to stay vigilant and protect our communities by using good judgement, and adhering to existing CDC guidelines like wearing masks correctly, washing hands, and social distancing.