Mayor Jenny A. Durkan last week announced the next phase of the Seattle Fire Department Mobile Vaccination Teams, which involves a COVID-19 vaccination partnership with Service Employees International Union 775 and focuses on older adults in supportive housing. 

To date, the City of Seattle has received 1,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the Washington State Department of Health. Following the completion of adult family homes, the two Seattle Fire Department Mobile Vaccination Teams will begin to vaccinate home health care workers and Seattle’s most vulnerable older adults living in permanent supportive housing and affordable housing. This newest vaccination effort began Jan. 21.

In addition, the city launched a new in-language website, www.seattle.gov/vaccine, where residents can find information regarding the progress of the vaccination effort in Seattle and can sign up for weekly vaccination updates from the city.

“In their first week in the field, our Mobile Vaccination Teams have provided relief and security to hundreds of our most vulnerable Seattle residents,” Durkan said in a press release. “Our health care workers and the Seattle Fire Department are saving lives as they vaccinate our communities. As the city receives additional doses, we can vaccinate more workers and elders, who are some of our highest risk communities without equitable access to the health care system.”

The City of Seattle is partnering with SEIU 775 to host its first pop-up vaccination clinic in the coming days. The SFD MVTs will vaccinate an estimated 300 SEIU 775 members in one day and will provide the second dose four weeks later. SEIU 775 represents 45,000 home care workers statewide who are eligible to get vaccinated in Phase A1.

Home care workers — like those represented by SEIU 775 — are disproportionately Black, people of color and limited English speakers, who don’t have a common worksite and are more likely to be uninsured. As such, many King County-based home care workers have not yet been vaccinated despite their A1 eligibility and close proximity to extremely high-risk communities, including older adults and people with multiple co-morbidities.