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Seattle to open mass vaccination site at Lumen Field Event Center

KIRO Seattle logo KIRO Seattle 3/11/2021 KIRO 7 News Staff

Seattle will open a new mass vaccination site at Lumen Field Event Center on Saturday.

The site will be one of the largest civilian-led vaccine sites in the nation, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

It’s a collaboration with the city, Swedish Health Services and First & Goal.

Moving to the front of the line will be eligible residents in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community.

“Our communities of color have been getting sick and dying from COVID significantly higher than the white community,” said Public Health - Seattle & King County director Patty Hayes.

Lumen Field will serve priority areas such Judkins Park, the Chinatown-International District and Mount Baker.

After those groups are served, eligible residents in King County can get vaccinated there.

Initially, about 5,000 doses will be given there a week, but as many as 150,000 people each week – or 22,000 per day – could be vaccinated at full capacity, if vaccine is available.

Those who are eligible can sign up for a notification list and will receive an email when appointments become available at any of the three City of Seattle vaccination sites, including the Lumen Field Event Center. The other two sites are in Rainier Beach and West Seattle.

There are five lines for vaccinations with dozens of stations spread throughout the event center to keep operations orderly. Hundreds of people will man the site through four shifts a day.

First & Goal Inc. is providing the event center rent-free to the city and those coming to get vaccinated can park for free in the Lumen Field garage.

For more information, visit the Seattle’s vaccination website at www.seattle.gov/vaccine.

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