SEATTLE — Amazon opened a second pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Seattle with the goal of inoculating around 2,000 people Sunday.
The clinic, which is in partnership with Virginia Mason, will focus on giving people their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. An Amazon spokesperson said some residents who are due for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will also be inoculated.
The event is taking place at the Amazon Meeting Center in downtown Seattle until 3:15 p.m. An Amazon spokesperson said all available appointment slots for the event have been filled. Only those with appointments and event volunteers will be allowed in the area where the vaccines will be administered.
Everyone attending the clinic will be required to wear a mask, and chairs and tables will be sanitized after each vaccination.
“We at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health are very grateful to have another opportunity to partner with Amazon for a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic,” said Virginia Mason Medical Center President Katerie Chapman. “Together, we are advancing the vaccination rate in our community with the ultimate goal of saving lives and getting us out of the pandemic more quickly.”
Some patients who already had appointments at Virginia Mason's Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way and Lynnwood campuses between Jan. 27 and Jan. 31 had their appointments moved to the Amazon SuperVax site at the Amazon meeting center in South Lake Union, according to Virginia Mason.
Last weekend, a similar pop-up clinic at the Amazon meeting center vaccinated more than 2,400 people who were eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. People needed appointments to receive the vaccine, and all slots were filled several days before the clinic.
The group has said they would like to hold more clinics as vaccines become available.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that Washington is expected to get a 16% increase in its vaccine supply over the next three weeks as part of President Joe Biden’s plan to boost states’ allotments. Washington state is currently getting about 100,000 doses a week from the federal government.
Earlier this month, Inslee set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 people per day. As of Jan. 25, Washington was giving out on average 26,412 doses daily, according to data from the Washington State Department of Health.
Washington is currently vaccinating people in Phase 1A, which includes high-risk health care workers and long-term care residents, and the first tier of Phase 1B, which includes people over 65 years old and people over 50 years old in multigenerational households.