Amazon to Open Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Seattle Headquarters


FILE PHOTO: Amazon’s logo spotted at the Company Logistics Center in Lauwin-Planque, Northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS / Pascal Rossinol

(Reuters) – Amazon Inc. on Thursday said it will open a pop-up clinic at its Seattle headquarters on January 24, aiming to immunize 2,000 eligible members of the public against COVID-19 on day one.

Amazon’s senior vice president of global corporate affairs, who announced the plan at a news conference with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, said the company’s executive would work with the Vaccine Command Center in Washington State.

The clinic will be hosted in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

The move comes a day after Reuters reported that Amazon had offered to help with the COVID-19 vaccine in UN efforts, citing a letter addressed to President Joe Biden.

The state currently allows multi-generational home vaccinations for people 65 and older and those aged 50 and above. It has not yet given doses for vaccination of warehouse employees, such as Amazon.

The company employs more than 800,000 people in the country and more than 19,000 American workers on the Amazon had contracted the virus as of September, underscoring the importance of the vaccine in keeping its workers safe and keeping warehouses running.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhat in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyur

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