VACCINATION: No shots for kids at city’s West Seattle clinic, for now

Thanks to the reader who told us today that they had received a notice that their child’s vaccine appointment at the city’s West Seattle clinic this weekend was canceled because there was no “pediatric provider.” Instead, they were offered an appointment at the city’s downtown clinic.

This turns out to be related to what we reported last Friday, that Seattle Fire had taken over the clinic from original provider Pliable, which hadn’t reached an agreement with the city for continued operation. At the time the city didn’t mention the resulting gap in pediatric coverage. So after the tip today, we asked Anthony Derrick, the program’s spokesperson in the mayor’s office, what was going on. He responded that “SFD crews are currently not administering the pediatric vaccine because the dosage procedure is different than other vaccines or boosters and would require additional training.” He added, “We are working to identify an alternate provider who can step in to assist with pediatric vaccines at our West Seattle clinic.” The city is still offering pediatric vaccinations at the downtown and Rainier Beach clinics, Derrick says, adding that at the latter, “more appointment slots will be added in the coming days.”

21 Replies to "VACCINATION: No shots for kids at city's West Seattle clinic, for now"

  • Karen December 6, 2021 (6:21 pm)

    I am confused by this as I have been trying to sign my daughter up for a booster and she is 18 and I am getting the message that no “pediatric” vaccines are available at this clinic.  Is 18 considered pediatric?  That seems strange considering the fire department gave her her second dose back in May with no problem so why not the booster?

  • Parentwantskidvax December 6, 2021 (6:23 pm)

    Just tried and they have no appointments for pediatric clinics at all the city sites.  Hope they are able to alert us when new slots are open. SPS has no slots until January.

  • Lucky parent December 6, 2021 (6:34 pm)

    If you need to find a kids dose locally, it might be worth a call to your pediatrician. Swedish was able to do our daughter’s second dose after she got her first at a community clinic (even though they had sent a message saying they didn’t know when they would have pediatric doses available).

  • N December 6, 2021 (6:41 pm)

    What a shame.  Obviously we are not privy to why the city couldn’t keep on Pliable but thankful they continue to hold their Sunday clinics – seems to so professional, reliable and an easy spot for the community.  Driving across town seems to be counter productive on many levels if your trying to encourage vaccinations. 

  • Auntie December 6, 2021 (6:42 pm)

    Thanks again, City of Seattle. Sure, we can all hop in the car and get downtown in just a few minutes to take care of our kids’ vaccines. The city, once again, is totally ignoring the fact that we are pretty much stuck here on the peninsula unless you want to battle traffic for an hour. Great! Maybe they should have thought of this sooner. Oh, no – it’s Seattle. No planning and West Seattle is a far away wasteland to city planners anyway.

    • Jort December 7, 2021 (1:18 pm)

      The bus is an easy and quick alternative to driving downtown and is available to all citizens at low cost.

      • spaceagepolymer December 7, 2021 (3:51 pm)

        +1There are multiple ways to get downtown. The bridge is out; it’s getting fixed. Deal with it. 

  • ACG December 6, 2021 (6:50 pm)

    We got our pediatric dose on Sunday at Pliable’s pop up clinic at the Neighborhood House in HighPoint. It was super easy and smooth. They had boosters available as well. It’s too bad they couldn’t work out an arrangement with the city as working with them was super smooth and simple. I found out about the pop up Sunday clinics here on WSB. They are doing the next two Sundays also. I’ll look for the WSB article link and post it. 

    • Mark B December 6, 2021 (8:40 pm)

      Partner just booked a booster for this Sunday, and there are still about 400 slots available. The City-run sites are showing all full. 

    • Molly December 7, 2021 (12:17 am)

      This. Anyone who is having ANY difficulty finding a booster and/or pediatric first or second doses should pop over to the Neighboorhood House at the Bee Garden. It’s walk in, takes less than 15 minutes without an appointment, has all the various vaccines and doses down. It is every Sunday until 4:30. I HIGHLY recommend it!

      • sam-c December 7, 2021 (8:03 am)

        But, isn’t this whole WSB story about how they will not be giving pediatric doses at the Neighborhood House anymore……..? City of Seattle couldn’t reach an agreement with Pliable.    You can still go there for boosters, but not pediatric doses.   It’s unfortunate.

        • WSB December 7, 2021 (6:40 pm)

          On Sundays Pliable is running their own clinic, including pediatrics, at least for the next few Sundays. It’s the Friday-Saturday city-run clinic that has no pediatric providers currently.

  • ACG December 6, 2021 (6:52 pm)

    Here is the link to the WSB article about the vaccine clinics being held on Sunday’s by Pliable. Pediatric and boosters are available:

  • Tracey December 6, 2021 (7:18 pm)

    I don’t understand how it is economically feasible to pay SFD overtime to run vaccine clinics.  A lot of SFD regular shifts require overtime due to a chronic staffing shortage in addition to the overtime that is paid to fulfill their obligations during Kraken and Seahawks games.  If their budget got half the scrutiny of the SPD, we would all be shaking our heads.  Bring back Pliable.

    • Brian December 6, 2021 (10:00 pm)

      Are you asking for the vaccination to be privatized entirely to… save costs? You realize the only reason that would ever be believable is because you can see the city/county/state budget but not pliable’s, right?

      • Tracey December 7, 2021 (6:48 pm)

        Brian, I am asking that the city run the clinic on straight time not overtime.  We do not have a volunteer fire department and not one SFD employee at that clinic will be receiving straight time.  Most private companies frown on paying overtime but not the City of Seattle. There seems to be no end to the availability of overtime shifts for City workers.  

  • neighbr December 6, 2021 (7:30 pm)

    Hard to see how perceiving this hiccup and working it out ahead of time isn’t someone’s or even someones job.  

  • pagefive December 6, 2021 (8:32 pm)

    It’s unfortunate that the City was unable to come to an agreement with Pliable. They are caring, organized and deeply committed to equity in health care. 
    In addition to Swedish, SeaMar (White Center and SouthPark) and Neighborcare (High Point and some of their school based health centers in West Seattle) might be other, closer options than downtown. While not as close, Kaiser is also open to non-Kaiser patients for COVID vaccines.

  • zark00 December 7, 2021 (1:02 pm)

    So Pliable was completely capable of handling the ped dosage, was in place and working well, known to and trusted by the community, extremely professional, and obviously very well trained.City decided nope – that’s not going to work – and blew up the whole thing.Less children will be vaccinated because the city is run by clowns. I do not think it’s hyperbole to say that Seattle leadership ineptitude is putting children in danger. 

    • Thanks for nothing! December 7, 2021 (6:32 pm)

      Don’t forget that they also took the site from a local women owned medical team who’d been there for West Seattle since the beginning. They ran a smooth event on Sunday and according to their social media vaccinated 1151 people in ONE DAY. That’s the difference between medical professionals and clowns. SMH. My children and I had an amazing experience on Sunday. I never thought a mass site could feel enjoyable, but it absolutely did. I’m not sure what happened with Pliable and the city but whoever made the decision obviously has no idea about competent medical care. Sounds like Pliable trusted the city and got screwed. The city should find another place to provide mediocre non-medical care. 

  • Pro-Vax Anti-Inefficiency December 7, 2021 (3:46 pm)

    Saying this on a FB mom’s group would get me skewered, but SeaMar was a disorganized mess for both shots for my kid. The first one I understood they hadn’t had time to properly prep for, but nearly four weeks later it was somehow worse, and that was with an “appointment.” >2 hours from appointment time to done. They completely disregarded appointments and just took people in the order they arrived, which wouldn’t be awful if they could actually move patients through. But every step of the process took forever, and the administrative and management staff were rude to all patients and had inappropriate conversations in front of children. (I’m not a delicate flower, either, but I’m talking about a manager and check-in staff loudly talking about someone arrested for possession of child sexual abuse material…. in the lobby full of patients…)

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