Seattle Fire to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to adult family homes

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The Seattle Fire Department will begin vaccinating residents of adult family homes as soon as Thursday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced.

This comes after Seattle was approved by the state last week as a vaccine distributor, which means the city is now eligible to receive weekly shipments of the vaccine.

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Firefighters will go door-to-door at adult family homes not served by the federal government, Durkan said. Seattle Fire would vaccinate both residents and workers, with the aim of vaccinating nearly 1,000 people within the next two weeks.

The department expects to finish the first round of vaccinations by Jan. 24, with the second dose by Feb. 21.

“Through our Mobile Vaccination Team program, we will be able to deploy to congregate facilities to administer the vaccine to those who need it most. I am proud of our members for stepping up to serve others once again, and know that through widespread vaccination, we can save lives … and we can end this,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

The mayor said the city is also prepared to launch mass vaccination sites once more vaccines are available. These sites would be similar to the free testing sites, also run by the Seattle Fire Department.