GETTING VACCINATED: Openings this week at city’s West Seattle site, if you’re 65+

We just received word from the Mayor’s Office that the West Seattle vaccination site in the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) has “several hundred openings” for the week ahead, tomorrow through Saturday, March 8-13. Eligibility for these appointments: West Seattle residents, 65 and up. They’ll be administering the two-dose Moderna vaccine, and you’ll get the second appointment while you are scheduling the first one. Here’s the registration link.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: Still openings, and the city now says ALL Seattle residents 65+ are welcome to make an appointment at this site or its Rainier Beach site this week.

26 Replies to "GETTING VACCINATED: Openings this week at city's West Seattle site, if you're 65+"

  • waikikigirl March 7, 2021 (4:23 pm)

    Registration link doesn’t like my Mac or maybe me???

    • WSB March 7, 2021 (4:31 pm)

      I tested it to the second step – and I’m on a map. Where did you get stuck?

      • waikikigirl March 7, 2021 (5:33 pm)

        Why is it EVERY TIME you say it doesn’t it then does?! LOL!!! got on.
        Thank you

  • Finally got an appointment! March 7, 2021 (5:11 pm)

    Worked for me just now.

  • Davd March 7, 2021 (5:35 pm)

    Wow.  Only 13% of King County is over 65.  And we’ve vaccinated (at least the all important first shot) 22% of King County.  I know we started with front line medical folks…several thousand. And JUST THIS WEEK we added educators (just started on them).  But we STILL have folks over 65 who haven’t got a shot at all?  Really?  Who’s getting all of these shots since 65+ is supposedly the “only” available group (def the priority) now?

    • WSB March 7, 2021 (6:17 pm)

      Yes, according to the stats, which you can see here (follow the maps/vaccination tab)

      60% of those 65+ are vaccinated in (they lumped all this together) West Seattle, South Seattle, Highline

      Just one example – before I got the info that led to this story, I was covering the Camp 2nd Chance meeting, at which one of the advisory committee members, an Arrowhead Gardens resident, said she and her fellow residents are finally getting vaccinated this week – they’ll be transported “floor by floor” to the SWAC site. (AG is a seniors-only building.) – TR

    • SlimJim March 7, 2021 (6:40 pm)

      Well 13% may not sound like a lot (& we would all live it to be a higher percentage) but 13% of 2.26 million, king county’s 2020 population, is 294,000 people. Just shows what an incredibly huge effort this nationwide vaccination is. Keep the faith!

    • sgs March 7, 2021 (8:00 pm)

      One group that might be making up some of those numbers are 50+ living in intergenerational households.  My friend said she and all her family were vaccinated (not 65+) and she said they were eligible because kids and elderly mother live in the same household. 

    • Imperfect System March 7, 2021 (8:34 pm)

      “Front line medical” also included many people who continue to work remotely for the hospital system, like therapists. Many people I know got vaccinated in this group and are now on planes to enjoy cheap travel, while continuing the remote work they’ve done throughout the pandemic. I’m telling myself that they count toward the 70% needed to reach heard immunity, but I do wish that there had been a way to make sure 65+ got first dibs.

  • Math Teacher March 7, 2021 (8:51 pm)

    I think the plan was always that once 50% of a priority group was vaccinated, access would expand access to the next group in the queue.  And there is starting to be greater numbers of vaccines delivered, allowing mass-vaccination sites.

  • anonyme March 8, 2021 (6:52 am)

    It’s inexplicable why many nursing homes are just now starting to vaccinate residents.  These facilities have medical personnel on staff to administer the shots.  As nursing home residents have been the hardest hit by the pandemic, it boggles the mind to think how messed up the distribution must have been for this not to have happened immediately the vaccine became available.  I’ve always thought it was very strange that pharmacies and supermarkets dominate the vaccine market, while actual medical facilities do not have it.  The Swedish clinics are a good example, as are care facilities.

    • WSB March 8, 2021 (5:32 pm)

      Just to be clear:

      1. Arrowhead Gardens is not a nursing home, nor does it offer any kind of medical care. It’s apartments for 55+. The local “nursing home” facilities were all embarking on vaccinations some time ago (we reported on that).

      2. Hundreds of clinics, centers, etc., have signed up to be providers. They have not yet been provided with vaccine.

  • Joshua's Mom March 8, 2021 (10:23 am)

    Bridgepark residents (average age 75) and facility staff received their first dose just this past week!  Because they are defined as an Independent Living Facility,  under the state, county, and city guidelines they were not eligible for the earlier on site  vaccines  provided to nursing homes,  assisted living, and adult care homes.  (In my opinion, a definite oversight by vaccine distribution planning!)  And Bridgepark is not the only senior  independent living apartment complex in West Seattle whose residents are all well over 65 years of age.  So the high number of over 65 West Seattleites not yet vaccinated isn’t surprising to me.

  • K to the F March 8, 2021 (11:10 am)

    To be clear, this is the better link as the link above only asks if you’re 65+ but the actual eligible phases include many more like teachers and child care providers (and their spouses/partners): Fill up those appointments!

    • WSB March 8, 2021 (11:23 am)

      The first link is the eligibility test. They were pretty clear that they’re only signing up people who are 65+ and West Seattle residents, despite what the second screen says, and that’s why the first screen has that question.

  • Julia March 8, 2021 (12:22 pm)

    So where are teachers supposed to get vaccinated?

    • WSB March 8, 2021 (1:20 pm)

      The city site actually has a relatively small share of the vaccine – pharmacies, health-care organizations, have much more. Anyway, I’ve asked our mayor’s office contact whether they’re opening it further; have not yet heard back.

    • K to the F March 8, 2021 (3:57 pm)

      Julia: Teachers and child care givers can get appointments at this clinic right now in West Seattle. Here’s the direct link to the registration form: That link also includes what phase/what people they’re accepting. I just took a look and there are piles of slots available between the 10th and 13th.

      • WSB March 8, 2021 (5:08 pm)

        The mayor’s office says no, they have NOT expanded:

        No, it has not opened up more widely. Signetic is the registration software used by all of our community-based and faith-based partners who are registering people. The eligibility criteria listed in Signetic encompasses all of the currently eligible groups under DOH guidance.

        When we open the link up publicly, we want to focus on the most vulnerable groups, and those who could be falling behind in the current process. Hence, we create a two-step process where someone needs to first confirm that they’re 65 and older, and then they get the registration link.

        We understand this is frustrating for folks who are younger than 65 and also eligible under DOH guidance. But we ask that people please follow the criteria outlined in the Microsoft Form. Currently, West Seattle 65+ has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the County, and West Seattle 75+ has THE lowest vaccination rate in the county. With Lumen coming online, there will be many opportunities for younger folks to get vaccinated. Right now, we want to focus on our oldest residents, who are only going to get more and more left behind as phases open up.

  • cc March 8, 2021 (4:35 pm)

    What is happening at the of the day with extra doses close to expiring? Are they reaching out to the community to see if anyone 65+ needs a last minute dose?

  • Delridge neighbor March 8, 2021 (9:16 pm)

    I saw this today and managed to help my 65+ year old neighbor get his 1st and 2nd appointments set up. He doesn’t use computers and barely turns on a cell phone, so he was just waiting for a doctor to call and let him know about shots. I am so happy he’s getting his shot Wednesday!!Folks please check in on your older neighbors. Many do not use the internet in any capacity, and may not know about this opportunity for vaccine! It only takes a few minutes to help them get set up. I couldn’t get it to work on mobile, but laptop on the porch all masked up worked perfectly.

    • WSB March 8, 2021 (9:23 pm)

      Thank you for helping your neighbor! Glad to hear the stories of kindness.

      • Delridge Neighbor March 11, 2021 (8:33 pm)

        SO my neighbor got his 1st shot! Even with an appointment, he waited outside for over an hour, but did finally get his shot. Weird thing is he said most everybody in line for shots were more like 40-45 years old, and definitely not over 65! Any idea what gives? If that’s the case, I’ll go get one too! 

        • WSB March 11, 2021 (8:40 pm)

          There’s actually a not-small number of people eligible below 65 – educators, for example.

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