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COVID-19 Vaccine Update / Lumen Field Community Vaccination Site

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.

Applications Open for Seattle Preschools

The City recently announced that applications are open for the Seattle Preschool Program. The 129 classrooms will serve over 2,000 children in Seattle and programming will be extended through the summer months to help mitigate learning loss from the past year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 14 new sites for classrooms this year.

Essential Workers & Government Investments Panel

Last week, we got two pieces of incredible news; our City Attorney’s office successfully defending the hotel workers legislation I sponsored protecting healthcare for hotel workers and successfully defending hazard pay for grocery workers. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that investing in the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations, protects the community at large. And a huge thank you to our City Attorney Pete Holmes and his team for their incredible work!

Coincidentally, last week I also had the honor of participating in a Brookings Institute panel discussion with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on how we can use city and state policies to best protect essential workers. Hazard pay is one piece of the puzzle on adequately protecting essential workers; and those puzzle pieces include protective equipment, adequate staffing, affordable family healthcare benefits, paid time off, and early vaccine distribution. Many of these puzzle pieces shouldn’t just be in place because of a pandemic and I look forward to recovering from this public health emergency with some new baselines.


Applications Open For Community-Led Public Safety

Last year Council made an investment of $10 million for community safety, the intention of this investment was to create a spending plan for community safety, that will invest in the capacity of organizations building community safety from the ground up to end violence and reduce crime in Seattle neighborhoods, called Community Safety Capacity Building.

The legislation makes it possible for the Human Services Department to award $10.4 million to strengthen organizations that provide community-led public safety initiatives. A request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued with applications due by Friday, April 9. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Immigrant and Refugee-led community groups, as they are most impacted by racism, systems of oppression, and harm from violence and the criminal legal system.

Community Safety Capacity Building is a continuation of the Council’s work starting last summer to reimagine community safety and increase investments in alternatives to policing. Additional actions included: Ongoing work to transfer 911 and parking enforcement out of the Seattle Police Department; creating a new civilian-led Department of Community Safety & Communication Center; investing $30 million for community safety via a participatory budget process; and, expanding funding for the Crisis Response Team and Seattle Fire Department’s Health One, which launched in 2019 and will expand from one to three units by October due to Council’s budget additions. These alternative programs can reduce the workload on sworn officers, and allow them to focus on work only they can do.

If you are a community based organization that does work to reduce crime or you know of such an organization please apply here.

Completed application packets are due by 12:00 p.m., Noon on Friday, April 9, 2021.

There continues to be national outcry against the growing and escalating hate-crimes committed against members of our American Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community. That outcry and outrage has grown as we see reports from the massacre in Atlanta and the outrageously appalling comments from their Sheriff’s office. These acts in Atlanta were a continuation of the increased racist and misogynistic violence against the AAPI community. Last week, I brought forward this statement from City of Seattle to express our solidarity with the AAPI community in Seattle and around the country and to call for addressing the root causes of the hate we see manifesting against our Asian and Asian American community members. I’d also like to share this Seattle Times article written by Sutapa Basu, Connie So, and Velma Veloria, who express their own personal experiences with hate here in Seattle. They tie it to this national trend through undeniable data. They write:

“We grieve for their loss and for the violence surging against Asian American Pacific Island communities, especially women, who make up 70% of those victimized in the 3,800 hate crimes reported between March 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021.”

One report is too many and though this huge spike in incidents is tied to our current pandemic, this hate has been a long part of our history as a nation. I take each and every experience to heart as I work towards a stronger community that honors and protects the lived experiences of those both like myself and not.

In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda

Seattle City Council Councilmember, Position 8
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