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Seattle opening COVID vaccination sites for winter

October 12, 2021 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle is rolling out COVID-19 vaccine sites as more people become eligible for booster shots.

On Monday Mayor Jenny Durkan and representatives from Amazon, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the Seattle Fire Department announced the heightened vaccine initiatives beginning later this month.

The initiatives are geared toward underserved communities.

“As we head into the colder months, and additional groups become eligible, it is so important for us to have the vaccine and booster shots available to keep us safe,” Durkan said.

The Seattle Times reports the site at the Amazon Meeting Center downtown will open on Oct. 23, and operate from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, through early 2022.

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“This is a drop-in, you don’t need an appointment, and you can get your first, second, or your booster shot,” the mayor said.

Participants will not need proof of insurance or identification to receive vaccines at the site or through the mobile clinics, which will focus on serving those that are eligible for boosters and children in underserved areas, as Pfizer requests FDA approval for use in children 5-11 years old.

In the next two weeks, Durkan says, the city will announce additional community hubs in the South End and West Seattle.

Durkan said the city will invest around $2 million in the new vaccine efforts.

A spokesperson for the city said after the news conference that the city will seek federal reimbursement for the funds, and anticipates that money, closer to $2.1 million, will cover the mobile clinics as well as the fixed Amazon, South End and West Seattle vaccine sites through February 2022.