King County is starting two COVID-19 community vaccination sites on Monday February 1 at the Access Showware Center in Kent and the General Services Administration (GSA) complex in Auburn. These sites in South King County will reach those most at risk from COVID-19 and face barriers to accessing the vaccine through healthcare systems.
Public health has received adequate vaccine doses from the state that begin operating the two sites at 500 doses per day six days a week. These sites will enable King County to increase vaccination efforts as soon as possible and serve the wider community when more vaccines are available.
Reaching out to members of our vulnerable community
People aged 75 years and older have endured a much higher rate of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 than any other group and face greater challenges to obtain vaccinations, such as transport blockages and More limited internet access. In King County, 66% of deaths from COVID-19 are 75 and older, compared to those ages 65 and 74, which is 19% of total deaths.
While the vaccine supply is very limited, the Kent and Auburn sites will focus on the most at-risk South King County residents age 75 and older, who are unable to independently and care for them. Increasing the supply of vaccine will expand the availability of employment of persons up to the age of 65-74 years. Older adults are particularly at higher risk in South King County, as the COVID-19 rate in many parts of South King County is nearly double the county average.
“It’s all-hands-on-deck, coordinating county government with partners throughout the region to erect community vaccination sites,” Executive Constantine said. “I share the disappointment of not getting enough vaccine from the manufacturers, but we are determined to build the delivery infrastructure to provide doses to those people as soon as possible and appropriately, as soon as those doses are available, And to expand capacity further by increasing supply. “
“With a limited supply of vaccines, we need to make the best use of every dose that comes to King County,” said Patty Hayes, director of public health – Seattle and King County. “New high-volume vaccine sites will help us obtain a life-saving vaccine for the most at-risk King County residents. We are adopting an equitable approach, starting in the part of our county that has been the hardest hit by COVID-19. I am grateful to Executive Constantine and King County Council for the county’s investment and our community partners for making this effort possible. “
Sites in Kent and Auburn are by appointment only and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 – 5:30 pm:
Starting on Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 am, residents can register for an appointment on the Public Health Vaccine website to receive vaccinations in King County.
Currently, both vaccine supplies and placements are limited. Residents may experience delays, or it may take time for appointments to become available due to anticipated high demand. This will be made easier by increasing vaccine supplies.
To help ensure access to the most at-risk people, registration is currently open to residents of South King County who:
- Age 75 and above or
- A family caregiver or a home care worker caring for someone 50 years of age or older who cannot live independently. The caregiver or home caregiver is not required to be 50 or older or
- Distinct group of people 50 and older. those who are:
- Unable to live independently And receiving care from a caregiver, relative, at-home carer, or a person working outside the home.
- Living and caring with family (Examples include caring for grandchildren, nieces or nephews. This does not include parents living with their child).
Assistance Registration by Phone: Call Washington State’s COVID-19 Support Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # for help by phone registration. For language interpretation Specify your preferred language when you are connected.
- Kent Accesso Chavre Center 625 W. Arrive at James St. Park, on foot, or by transit and enter the building. Wheelchair Accessible.
- Auburn General Services Administration Complex 2701 C St. SW. Drive-through site
More information is available on the Public Health Immunization website.
The number of people receiving at least one dose of the vaccine continues to increase. In King County as of January 28, 174,000 people have received at least one dose. King County medical system partners, as well as health care workers and staff and residents have made great progress in vaccinating long-term care facilities, which comprise 100% of the residents of King County Nursing Homes.
Public Health is also coordinating mobile immunization teams with local fire departments to reach the highest-risk adults vaccinated, including staff living in low-income senior housing and permanent supportive housing, and adult family homes and vulnerable older adults Cannot access sites.
The current supply is not sufficient to meet the need. Doses arriving in Washington are insufficient to reach eligible adults. There are approximately 300,000 people in King County who are new eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B1, including those over 65 years of age. But in the week beginning Jan. 25, King County received only 22,000 first doses. It is enough for 1 out of 12 who are eligible.
Although supply remains uncertain, King County is working closely with businesses and community partnerships and is ready to erect several vaccine access points in King County.
It is all hands-on-deck, coordinating county government with partners throughout the region to erect community vaccination sites. I share the frustration of not taking enough vaccines from the manufacturers, but we are determined to build a delivery infrastructure to provide doses to those people as soon as possible and appropriately, as soon as those doses are available, and increasing To further expand capacity ahead of supply.
As the family caregiver of my elderly mother, I know that we are one of the BIPOC and refugee and immigrant communities that care for our elders at home, and bear a disgruntled toll of the impact of COVID Are, because we help outside. And livelihood to keep your loved ones safe. Thanks to King County and Public Health — Seattle and King County — for prioritizing access for South King County residents, and for expanding on the state’s guidance to include elders’ family carers in home care .
Neighborhood House is eager to connect our 2,500 low-income people, mostly immigrants and refugee seniors and people with disabilities who stay at home to use the vaccine. We are helping them overcome vaccine fears and will help arrange transportation for vaccine appointments. Until vaccines become readily available, priority should be given to communities with least access. We are grateful to community providers, volunteers and King County for working hard to keep our most vulnerable community members safe.
Older adults have expressed frustration, confusion and concern about how to vaccinate, “With the opening of vaccination sites in Auburn and Kent, older adults in South King County will now have greater access to vaccine appointments, as well as a location Will also happen. He is close to home.
I would like to thank the county for taking Kent on its offer to use the Accesso Shower Center to provide the vaccine to our community. The sooner we can get supplies and administer the vaccine, the sooner we can put COVID-19 in our rear-view mirror and move towards recovery. It is truly a team effort between the county, City of Kent, public health officials and providers. I have had the thrill of returning to a healthy and vibrant community with the help of Kent and South King County.
We are grateful to King County, Public Health – Seattle and King County and to all our partners once again pulling much needed resources for South King County where the need is greatest. Auburn is a flexible and caring community; We are ready and will continue to do our part to accelerate immunization and better health in King County.
We need to do everything we can to remove the barriers preventing members of the South King County community from receiving the vaccine once they become eligible. Federal delivery delays have slowed the process, but by installing these high-volume sites, King County is ready to move quickly after those vaccines become available.
As our region has struggled with COVID-19 infections, South King County has been particularly hard hit. By increasing the reach of vaccines in the south end, we will be able to protect some of our most vulnerable residents and help fight this virus.
These vaccination sites will ensure that we have the infrastructure to quickly and efficiently take out the doses, as provided by the federal government and private industry.
The General Services Administration prides itself on continuing its involvement with our regional and local government agencies so that members of our communities can get vaccinated. This joint effort is critical to saving lives, including the virus, and is an example of federal, state, and local governments working together for the benefit of their citizens.
With a limited supply of vaccines, we need to make the best use of every dose that comes in King County. New high-volume vaccine sites will help us obtain a life-saving vaccine for the most at-risk King County residents. We are adopting an equitable approach, starting in the part of our county that has been the hardest hit by COVID-19. I am grateful to Executive Constantine for the county’s investment and our community partners for making this effort possible.
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Public Health Information Officer