As City of Seattle Nears 40,000 Vaccinations, Rainier Beach and West Seattle Transition to Full-Time Vaccination Hubs

Effective March 31, COVID-19 Testing No Longer Available at Rainier Beach and West Seattle Sites

Transition Will Increase SFD Capacity by 3,000 Vaccinations Per Week, Per Site

SEATTLE (March 24, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) COVID-19 Community Testing and Vaccination Hubs will transition to vaccinations full-time beginning Wednesday, March 31. By transitioning to full-time vaccination hubs, Rainier Beach and West Seattle will be able to vaccinate an additional 3,000 people per week, each, adding approximately 6,000 vaccinations to the City’s total weekly capacity. 

“When the pandemic first touched down in Seattle, the Seattle Fire Department acted quickly to create our nation-leading COVID-19 testing infrastructure, which has since been used by one in three Seattleites. Our incredible testing sites are one of the main reasons we’ve had some of the lowest COVID-19 cases of any major American city,” said Mayor Durkan. “As we reach the fourth quarter of this pandemic, we can transition Rainier Beach and West Seattle to full-time vaccination hubs to significantly increase vaccine access to thousands more people. Even as more of us begin to get vaccinated, we’ll need to continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and following all public health guidance.”

“With the decrease in those seeking testing, I’m confident transitioning our Rainier Beach and West Seattle sites to serve as full-time vaccination hubs is the right step. This move will allow us to increase the number of people SFD can vaccinate each day, as supply allows. Seattle firefighters and paramedics and our partners at AMR continue to be honored to serve our community in this capacity,” said Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins.

Transitioning the Rainier Beach and West Seattle sites to full-time vaccination hubs allows SFD to increase its vaccination capacity at each site up to 1,500 per day, as compared to 1,000 per day. To-date, the City’s Rainier Beach and West Seattle vaccination hubs have administered 16,441 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Community-based organizations are given advance registration access to each site, but Washington State Department of Health (DOH) eligible members of the public can sign up now for the City’s vaccination appointment notification list. Once eligible members of the public sign up for the City’s notification list, they will receive an email notification when vaccination appointments become available at any of the City’s three fixed sites in Rainier Beach, West Seattle, and the Lumen Field Event Center.

The notification list is available here, and residents can also contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 from Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for assistance completing this form. In-language assistance is available over the phone.

The demand for testing at these two sites has been continually dropping over the last six weeks and currently, Rainier Beach is administering approximately 100 COVID-19 tests each day, and West Seattle is administering approximately 200 tests each day, sometimes less. Should COVID-19 cases increase, SFD is prepared to again scale up its testing capacity. To-date, SFD’s four fixed COVID-19 testing sites have administered 683,381 tests. Rainier Beach has administered 82,725 tests, and West Seattle has administered 78,131 tests.

In addition to health care partners who have increased testing, the City currently has Curative kiosks in West Seattle and other testing locations to the north and south of Rainier Beach with many appointments available. The City also continues to operate its COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Aurora and SoDo, and many appointments are available each week.

For more information, including the vaccine appointment notification list, visit the City’s vaccination website at www.seattle.gov/vaccine. The site contains vaccination information in seven languages, and in-language assistance is also available over the phone.

Even as more residents get vaccinated, public health measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands remain critical. Please continue to follow all public health guidance, and visit this website from Public Health – Seattle & King County for more information.