VACCINATION: Last-minute openings for next two days at city’s new West Seattle site

5:30 PM: Just got word of this from the mayor’s office:

Because of a last-minute influx in vaccine, we have around 400 appointments currently available at our West Seattle site for tomorrow, March 4, and Friday, March 5. Here’s the registration link.

Because of the significant percentage of folks 65 and older in the West Seattle area who have yet to be vaccinated, we are focusing on folks 65 and older in ZIP codes in West Seattle, Delridge, and South Park that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The site is at Southwest Athletic Complex‘s parking lot, 2801 SW Thistle, same place the city’s been offering testing, which continues.

9:27 PM: If you’re 65+ but hit an “ineligible” screen, commenters below have advice.

THURSDAY 8:22 AM: Still appointments, the mayor’s office says, and now open to all WS zip codes.

51 Replies to "VACCINATION: Last-minute openings for next two days at city's new West Seattle site"

  • FG March 3, 2021 (5:51 pm)

    This is so wrong . Anyone that is eligible should be able to get the vaccination in the zip codes that they reside on . I have been trying to get a appt for over a month and can not and  I am eligible but per this site because I am not 65 and older I can’t not get it here. 

    • WSB March 3, 2021 (6:43 pm)

      Mayor’s office spokesperson Kelsey Nyland explained when we asked about others who are eligible, “When we make the link public, we narrow the criteria so that we can continue to focus on the most vulnerable people in an environment where the link will be available to everyone in the City. For example, West Seattle still has a ton of unvaccinated older adults, and we want to make sure we’re reaching and vaccinating them ASAP.”

    • Taking Care of Elders March 3, 2021 (9:46 pm)

      Welcome to the Hunger Games that those age 65+ have been playing for nearly two months as they search 24/7, many without computers or other technology, for the ever elusive vaccine. West Seattle elders have the lowest vaccination rate in the county, hence this clinic.

  • Blbl March 3, 2021 (6:09 pm)

    What the heck does “we are focusing on” mean? Does that mean you are only accepting appointments from that demographic? Does that mean you are excluding people who the governor just announced are eligible? These vague statements are so frustrating.

  • CarDriver March 3, 2021 (6:47 pm)

    A concern for many is these clinics with “extra”  is not knowing if they’ll be able to get a 2nd shot.  Do they give assurances that there will be  a 2nd shot available?

    • WSB March 3, 2021 (6:53 pm)

      This is the city. They are doing things absolutely by the book.

  • Chris March 3, 2021 (7:10 pm)

    I have a 92 year old friend that has no idea how or where she can get her second shot as nothing was placed on her card, nor was she advised what to do.   She is beside herself not knowing and we have not been able to find out.    She went to a clinic in West Seattle  I think about February 16 or 17?    If anyone knows where she can go, I’d appreciate it.    Thanks.

    • JODI L ROOK March 3, 2021 (7:41 pm)

      They contact you from the Demographic form about 1 week prior to the expected appointment date 21 days Pfizer 28 days moderna. The 2nd shot made me sleep for 24hrs with her age is is a fall risk and will need someone with her. Good luck. 

    • Blbl March 3, 2021 (8:04 pm)

      Your friend can get her second shot anywhere.  Just try to make sure they are giving the same brand of vaccine as her first shot. Moderna should be given between 24 and 28 days after the first dose and Pfizer 2 to 3 weeks after the first dose.  Make sure she still brings her card with her.

    • Katrina March 3, 2021 (9:55 pm)

      I believe the UWMC clinic is still giving 2nd vaccines regardless of where you got your first. Call 206-520-8700, select option 3. 

    • West Seattle Mom March 4, 2021 (8:49 am)

      Chris, if you have facebook you can help your 92 year old friend find a 2nd Covid vaccine.  Search and Join the site Find a COVID shot WA and ask them to help you find a second appointment for your friend. You make a post with a little info  with #searching and something like Please help me find my 92 yr old friend 2nd ______ type of  Covid vaccine in King county zip ____. they will help. The site is run by a brother and sister that started the group to assist anyone in the right phase to find a vaccine. They were on Q13Fox around Feb 5.

  • Chris March 3, 2021 (7:14 pm)

    We just tried to register for a 66 year old in 98116 area code and site  said not eligible.   ???

    • Alki Local March 3, 2021 (9:23 pm)

      My 71 yo friend in 98116 just registered, you have to click through the page that says you’re ineligible, and then interestingly the next page says you’re eligible. System error of some sorts, just ignore it.

  • Mj March 3, 2021 (7:21 pm)

    The priority needs to be getting teacher’s vaccinated so kids can get back into school.  I just chatted with a HS Senior, low risk, that is not at all happy about losing out on his Senior year that can never be given back.   

    And for the younger kids online is not effective for most and further exacerbates the inequities kids from challenged families incur.  

    • JODI L ROOK March 3, 2021 (7:43 pm)

      Biden just allocated vaccine specifically for educators – those are going to all 50 states through the federal pharmacy program. All educators are expected to have their first shot by the end of this month.

    • WS Mom March 4, 2021 (4:52 am)

      Or we could have some empathy for seniors some who have pretty much been trapped in their houses since last year and facing isolation.  Teachers will get their vaccines, but there are people who have been eligible for a while now who still don’t have theirs.  It’s only right they should be prioritized.

    • BigB March 4, 2021 (6:46 am)

      Kids should be in schools. If grocery workers can muster up the courage teachers can do the same.

  • James Clark March 3, 2021 (7:28 pm)

    I got my first shot their on this past friday. They gave me an appointment for the second shot

  • M March 3, 2021 (7:29 pm)

    What happens to 400 openings if the can’t find 400 people 65 and older by tomorrow? 

    • JODI L ROOK March 3, 2021 (7:44 pm)

      I recommend following the health department on Twitter. They make a lot of last-minute announcements there. I understand how ridiculous that sounds because my father is in his seventies and does not have a smartphone or understand Twitter. 

      • KEB March 3, 2021 (8:59 pm)

        Jodi, is it the county health department you are referencing? Thanks for the suggestion!

    • WSB March 3, 2021 (7:53 pm)

      Hopefully everyone’s also on the city standby list, which we’ve featured several times – that would be one possibility.

      • Sam-c March 3, 2021 (8:07 pm)

        But still, you’re not even eligible for the standby list if you’re not phase 1B1 right?

    • ACE March 3, 2021 (7:55 pm)

      That is an excellent question. If spots are still open in the morning, they should loosen criteria and focus on educators of any age. 

  • Chris March 3, 2021 (7:37 pm)

    The 66 year old in 98116 zip code we tried to sign up has brain injury, no computer and lives in State housing…’d think person was eligible.    We will keep trying other ways.   The one dose Johnson will probably be best for this person anyway.  

    • Bonnie March 3, 2021 (8:37 pm)

      Chris, I just put in the criteria 66 and 98116 and it said not eligible. Then I changed to 98136. Not eligible. Changed to 98126. Eligible. (I wasn’t making an appointment, just trying to figure the eligibility)

    • MsNanny March 4, 2021 (7:20 pm)

      Chris, I have heard and seen the Fire Department going out in vans vaccinating at Adult Family homes and I thought they’d be doing the same at Group Homes and retirement communities. Maybe ask the Director of the Group Home to get on the Fire Departments radar or list of they have one. I thought I saw a post regarding this on the ws blog but not sure. 

  • Sharon N March 3, 2021 (7:56 pm)

    The link only allows 98126 to apply.  Must be a bug in their system.

  • Lizzy March 3, 2021 (8:02 pm)

    I tried all the zip codes, the only ones that resulted in accepted are: 98…106, 108,126,134,146

  • Bonnie W March 3, 2021 (8:27 pm)

    There are plenty of appts available here…I jumped right on this…. filled out my zip code etc…they also gave a date and time for the second vaccine. We are all set. There are appointments for Thursday and Friday.

  • Lbalm March 3, 2021 (8:54 pm)

    For those of you 65+ in the targeted zip codes that run into the page that says you’re ineligible, just click through it and it will let you register. Seems to be a glitch, but you are eligible.

  • A March 3, 2021 (10:37 pm)

    It’s stuck after I select the 1st appointment. The second “2nd dose” calendar doesn’t activate and there’s no way to proceed. Just “Refresh” and the X in the corner.

    • WestSeaMom2 March 4, 2021 (6:21 am)

      Soooo frustrating. The same is happening for me. No dates to choose for 2nd dose so it won’t let me move on to confirm appointment. What a waste! I tried in 2 different browsers and on my phone. 

    • KN March 4, 2021 (6:40 am)

      I am having the same trouble. Does anyone have any tips?

      • Nicole March 4, 2021 (8:51 am)

        Just spoke with a rep with City of Seattle that said it’s due to them updating the system to allow educators to register. She said to keep checking back throughout the day but if it wasn’t letting us do it online there was no way for her to do it…. sorry not to helpful but maybe will save somebody else the call

  • Francesca L March 3, 2021 (11:17 pm)

    With all the highly infectious variants heading our way, King County’s intense focus on increasing access to certain groups and not to others will come back to bite us. We need to be increasing access as speedily as possible at this point if we want to halt transmission of the virus. We’ve run out of time for exclusionary criteria, even if done with the best of intentions. Decreasing overall transmission of the virus through increasing access to more groups will positively impact everyone, no matter their age, zip code, or skin color.

    • WSB March 4, 2021 (9:38 am)

      They are not “focus(ed) on increasing access to certain groups.” The effort is to try to get “certain groups” caught up, as their access rate is dramatically lagging others. If there’s no focus on fixing that gap, it’s only going to grow. “Groups” include area of residence – check out the various dashboards/maps accessible via the county website:
      Example: 54 percent of South End residents (including WS) 75+ have had at least one shot.
      On Vashon Island, it’s 96%. On the Eastside, it’s 81%.

  • Stop March 4, 2021 (6:31 am)

    Please stop using people of color and inequity as a supportive argument for schools reopening. Those of you making this argument are not the same folks who usually speak up in support of marginalized communities. And it’s ignorant of increased covid risks and impacts for these groups and families. Just stop. It’s not a good look.

    • AMC March 4, 2021 (9:54 am)

       Not to mention that in the most recent survey the overwhelming majority said they would prefer to continue with remote learning. There should be no surprise they don’t trust the district to keep their kids and families safe.

  • Martin March 4, 2021 (6:58 am)

    What I don’t get is why Washington state didn’t set up a simple website month’s ago, funnelled everyone there, asked for their zip code, age and maybe one or two other criteria as well as their cellphone number and email. Then they could’ve just emailed or text’d you when the vaccine was available in your area and you were eligible to receive. Boggles the mind. Heck they could’ve even ask AWS to sponsor the cloud services for something like this!

    • Kelly March 4, 2021 (9:56 am)

      They did set up a website…

  • Foop March 4, 2021 (7:54 am)

    The city set up a ‘just in case’s list’ for the west seattle site. Where If they have extra doses at site close they might contact you, if you can be there in 30 minutes you can get a vaccine. I think it’s a bit shortsighted that you still have to be 65 for this list, considering this is the use it or lose it list, but hopefully they learn. At the very least I’d wish they’d allow anyone to sign up on the list and sort their contact lost by whatever priority they seem.

  • DCrane March 4, 2021 (9:48 am)

    I’m in the people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household for the current eligible phase 1b tier 1 category, which is not listed as an option of eligibility for this registration.

  • Nord March 4, 2021 (10:58 am)

    I was able to make an appointment this morning to receive my 1st shot…progress.   Great to have a vaccination site in West Seattle.

  • Lindsey March 4, 2021 (11:56 am)

    Open to all WS zip codes – but only to those over 65, correct? Or have they opened it up to any person in the WS area due to the need to use the vaccines? 

    • WSB March 4, 2021 (12:41 pm)

      As of mayoral spokesperson Kelsey Nyland’s followup note to us first thing this morning, still 65+.

  • sgs March 4, 2021 (12:24 pm)

    In my experience, Safeway has been really great the last couple of months.  I’ve helped several people get appointments who do not have internet access. They have been making second shot appointments while you are still there for the first appointment.  Google Safeway Covid vaccine.  Check back daily to catch appointments when they come up.   Best thing is there are no long lines to wait in. 

  • KW March 4, 2021 (3:47 pm)

    Wanted to double check, is this open to anyone in West Seattle? Want to be sure before registering and taking away a spot from someone more vulnerable.

    • WSB March 4, 2021 (4:35 pm)

      According to the mayor’s office, anyone in West Seattle who is 65 or older.

  • Gina March 4, 2021 (8:17 pm)

    I was finally able to make an appointment for a 68 year old that has an ancient flip phone and no computer.  Had to dig out my laptop to get a successful booking. Wouldn’t work with phone or kindle. 

  • Theresa March 16, 2021 (11:50 am)

    Does anyone know if they have any last minute end of day vaccinations at this local site even if not eligible – there are places in the city doing similar so as to avoid wasting or throwing out vaccinations due to no shows and/or last minute cancellations?

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