Seattle Set to Vaccinate Older, Vulnerable Adults in Supportive Housing in Next Round of Mobile Vaccination Effort (Seattle Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
January 27th, 2021

From the South Seattle Emerald:

Seattle’s older adults living in supportive housing will be the next in line for vaccinations against the novel coronavirus offered by the City’s mobile vaccine clinics, the Office of the Mayor announced in a press release on Jan. 22. This newest mobile vaccination effort began on Jan. 21 and includes older adults who had formerly experienced homelessness and who now receive wraparound case management services, as well as older, low-income adults living in affordable housing.

Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Chief Harold Scoggins and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the creation of the mobile teams last week. Each team is staffed by an SFD emergency medical technician, who administers the vaccine, and two civilians, who record data. The teams were focused first on adults living and working in adult family homes, particularly those in Seattle’s South End. The goal was to vaccinate 1,000 people in the following two weeks, a goal the press release said the mobile teams are close to meeting.

This next round of mobile vaccination efforts focus on both home health care workers and older, vulnerable adults living in permanent supportive housing and affordable housing, the press release said.

“This effort includes permanent supportive housing complexes for older formerly homeless individuals who receive wraparound case management services. At these complexes, residents often share congregate spaces, including kitchens and bathrooms,” the press release said. “The SFD teams will also begin to vaccinate older, low-income adults living in affordable housing.” 

These teams will set up pop-up vaccination clinics in locations operated by Bellwether Housing, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW), Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and Seattle Housing Authority (SHA).

Read the South Seattle Emerald's article "Seattle Set to Vaccinate Older, Vulnerable Adults in Supportive Housing in Next Round of Mobile Vaccination Effort," featuring the Seattle Housing Authority.

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