Seattle pivots to partner-led mobile strategy to reach the unvaccinated – KIRO 7 News Seattle
SEATTLE — Mayor Bruce Harrell announced Friday that Seattle will move to a mobile, partner-led strategy to reach families who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
This announcement comes as the omicron wave peaks and more than 90% of residents have received a dose of the vaccine.
Vaccination clinics in the city will begin closing over the next month, according to a city statement.
“Seattle and the country are entering the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are responding by refocusing resources on communities most at risk of being left behind. Vaccines and boosters remain essential to limit the spread and severity of this virus, which continues to be deadly to our most vulnerable neighbors,” Harrell said.
Rainier Beach and West Seattle clinics will continue to offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and boosters through the end of February.
The West Settle Clinic will close after February 26 and the last day of the Rainier Beach Clinic will be March 3.
Nearly 333,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the city and more than 50% have been administered to people of color, according to the city. However, there are still disparities in vaccination rates between communities of color and white residents.
With these inequities, the city uses providers from the Seattle Fire Department and Othello Pharmacy in conjunction with community organizations to reach the unvaccinated.
“We are committed to making Seattle the healthiest city in the nation – to do that, we must make real progress toward health equity. We cannot rest as the burden of this pandemic weighs on us. disproportionately on historically underserved residents,” Harrell said. “Our new approach will leverage community organizations and trusted partners to better reach those who need it most and ensure everyone has access to vaccines and life-saving boosters.”
Officials said the daily average of positive cases is decreasing and averaging around 364 cases per day, or 2,551 cases over the past seven days – a 41% decrease from the previous seven days.
Hospitalizations have also decreased.
Testing sites will also continue to operate, including at UW Medicine in Aurora, SODO, Rainier Beach and West Seattle, as well as seven Curative kiosks placed throughout the city. Appointments are recommended.
For more information on testing sites, you can visit: www.seattle.gov/covid-19-testing.
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