City of Seattle Partners With LGBTQ+ Small Businesses and Community Organizations to Host a Series of Pride Vaccine Pop-Ups on Capitol Hill

SEATTLE (June 21, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the City of Seattle is partnering with LGBTQ+ small businesses and community organizations to host four Pride vaccine pop-ups on Capitol Hill. The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) is hosting three vaccine “happy hours” – including one non-alcoholic event for kids, young adults, and those who do not drink – at small businesses on Capitol Hill. In addition, SFD is hosting a fourth Pride vaccine pop-up on Saturday, June 26, on 11th Ave in front of Chophouse Row. As of June 21, 75.9 percent of residents in ZIP code 98122 have begun the vaccination process, and 69.5 percent of residents have completed the vaccination series. That makes Capitol Hill one of the lowest vaccinated neighborhoods in Seattle, particularly among young people ages 20 – 29, where 69.5 percent have started their vaccination series in the 98122 ZIP code.

“Getting vaccinated is about caring for and coming together with your community, both of which are central to our experience of Pride. This Pride, we can celebrate our community by making sure we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from COVID-19,” said Mayor Durkan. “I encourage all those who have yet to complete their vaccination to visit one of our Pride vaccine pop-ups on Capitol Hill, bring your loved ones, and support an LGBTQ+ small business while you’re in the neighborhood. With each new vaccination, we’re furthering the health and safety of our wider community, especially our most vulnerable.”

“One of the best ways to celebrate Pride Month in 2021 is to start or complete the COVID-19 vaccination process. With each one given, we step closer to claiming freedom from this disease that has taken so much away from us,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold D. Scoggins. “We look forward to this week’s pop-ups on Capitol Hill to ease vaccine access along with some fun incentives.”

This Saturday, January 26 from 1 – 5 p.m., SFD will host a pop-up vaccination clinic on 11th Ave in front of Chophouse Row. SFD will offer the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines, and will administer first or second doses. Patients seeking their second dose must provide proof of vaccination, like their vaccine card. In addition, Aleksa Manila will be the host and greeter at the vaccine event, and the City is partnering with small businesses on Capitol Hill to offer promotions to all those vaccinated at the clinic. The City is also partnering with LGBTQ+ serving community-based organizations to canvass the neighborhood and increase participation in the pop-up, as well as provide culturally responsive health education. Details on the pop-up are as follows:

11th Ave Chophouse Row Pop-Up

  • Date & Time: Saturday, June 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 11th Ave and E Pike St
  • Vaccines: All three vaccines, second dose provided with proof of first vaccination

“Getting vaccinated is about community-wide protection – it’s about centering those who are more at risk of serious disease and thinking of your friends’ and neighbors’ health as being as important as your own. I was proud to get vaccinated, and I encourage all those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to visit one of our Pride clinics. It’s safe, free, and the right thing to do for our collective health and safety,” said Deaunte Damper, LGBTQ Chair of the Seattle King County NAACP, Seattle LGBTQ Commission Co-Chair.

“The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can celebrate each other TOGETHER! Did I mention it’s FAB to get VAX’d?!” said Seattle drag performer Aleksa Manila.

In addition, SFD has partnered with LGBTQ+ organizations to host vaccine “happy hours” at Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Queer Bar, and Union throughout the week. Each small business is providing a promotion for all those vaccinated at the pop-up, and the community organization is helping promote, as well as volunteering at the pop-ups to greet patients. Details on the happy hour pop-ups are as follows:

Rachel’s Ginger Beer & Lambert House Pop-Up

  • Date & Time: Monday, June 21, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: 1610 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Vaccines: All three vaccines, second dose provided with proof of first vaccination
  • Promotion: 50 percent off any standard drink

Queer Bar & Seattle LGBTQ Commission Pop-Up

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, June 22, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Location: 1518 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Vaccines: All three vaccines, second dose provided with proof of first vaccination
  • Promotion: Taco and a beer on the house

Union & Quake Rugby Pop-Up

  • Date & Time: Thursday, June 24, 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Location: 1518 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Vaccines: All three vaccines, second dose provided with proof of first vaccination
  • Promotion: Drink on the house

“Rachel’s Ginger Beer is proud to partner with Seattle Fire and Lambert House to bring vaccines to our Capitol Hill community this Pride month. Vaccinations will help us come together again as a community, and they’re crucial for our small businesses, our staff, and our customers who are Seattle’s heartbeat. We hope folks who still need their first or second dose to come to Capitol Hill this week and get vaccinated by the Seattle Fire team,” said Rachel Marshall, Owner of Rachel’s Ginger Beer.

“Lambert house is pleased to partner with the City of Seattle and Rachel’s Ginger Beer to help keep our population safe and healthy. We look forward to re-opening our 48 programs in 10 locations as soon as public health guidance makes it possible. In the meantime, please get vaccinated if you’re able to. It helps all of us, including LGBTQ youth,” said Ken Shulman, Executive Director of Lambert House.

“Even though Pride looks different this year, that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating! The best way to celebrate Pride is getting vaccinated and supporting your community,” said Joey Burgess, Owner of Queer Bar. “If you still need your first or second dose, come on down to Queer Bar on Tuesday and get vaccinated by our Seattle Fire Department. We’ve got a taco and beer on the house waiting for all those who get vaccinated!”

“Our community is strengthened when we work in unity to protect each other. Union is thrilled to host a pop-up vaccination site right here in the heart of our neighborhood, Capitol Hill. We encourage everyone who still needs vaccinated to take advantage of this convenience and join us in protecting our great community with pride,” said Union owners Greg Scheaffer, Steve Nyman, and Nathan Benedict.   

Seattle is the first major American city to vaccinate 70 percent of its residents and workers. To-date, the City has administered over 256,000 vaccinations, which amounts to more than 133,000 individuals. These vaccinations have occurred at 88 Adult Family Homes, 110 affordable housing buildings, 24 community partner pop-ups, two vulnerable youth-serving organizations, 20 city sporting events with MLS and MLB partners, local breweries, business districts, and the five City-affiliated fixed vaccination sites. Approximately 48 percent of those vaccinated by the City identify as BIPOC communities.

For more information, including how to get vaccinated today, 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. In addition, the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) launched a series of in-language helplines to answer questions and/or find vaccination opportunities for immigrant and refugee residents who are limited English proficient and/or have limited access to the internet. More information on the OIRA Vaccine Community Helplines is available here.

Please continue to follow all public health guidance and visit this website from Public Health – Seattle & King County for more information. Reaching 70 percent vaccinated means Local Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin’s indoor mask directive will expire in two weeks on June 29, allowing time for full immunity to develop for the latest people who have been vaccinated.