The community vaccine site at North Seattle College is expected to close on June 4, the vaccine hub in West Seattle will close on June 9, the vaccine site at Lumen Field Event Center will close on June 12 and the Rainier Beach hub will close June 23.
Seattle Closing Down Mass Vaccination Sites As Cases Of Heart Inflammation From The Vaccine Is Reported
The Seattle city health officials announced the closures Wednesday. They are citing the city’s high vaccination rates as one of the reasons. According to the city officials, more than 76% of Seattle residents who are 12 and older have started the vaccine process as of Wednesday, and more than 60% are fully vaccinated. The city officials aim to vaccinate at least 70% of their population.
“Now that the majority of Seattle residents have already begun the vaccination process, we can safely reopen and recover as a city. We may no longer need the fixed sites, the mayor earlier said in a statement.
The CDC advisory panel has indicated they are looking into the reported cases of myocarditis. They are yet to report any findings as the investigation is in its earlier stages. The condition is basically an inflammation of the heart muscle and can be caused by lots of viruses. In fact, at this time of year is when we start to see a few of these cases,” he said. Lynch said health officials see a small number of these cases in Washington state. He said this at the Washington state hospital coved 19 briefings on Monday
We see about 10-22 per 100,000 cases of myocarditis we see every year. Therefore you see it’s rare but it’s definitely something that’s on the pediatricians’ minds,” said Lynch.
Doctors said symptoms of the condition in teens and young adults may include fever, fainting, and difficulties breathing. The CDC also said a majority of the cases were reported after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Most of the cases appear to be mild. In Washington State, Department of Health data shows that 23% of the population of 16- and 17-year-olds have received their second dose. Lynch said that these numbers remain low. He said the cases of heart inflammation are not alarming despite them occurring after vaccination. Just like many other things that could happen after vaccination and may have happened with or without a vaccine. Experts say it’s actually a good thing this is being looked into because it shows scientists are monitoring vaccine safety. Very closely
The Seattle vaccine site closures come as Washington State also shut some sites. Last week, the state announced it would close two sites at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield and the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Sites in Spokane and Wenatchee will remain open, although the Chelan-Douglas Health District it will be run by the Wenatchee site.
The state will take a caravan approach as opposed to the stationary vaccination sites, said Lacy Fehrenbach, deputy director for the Washington State Department of Health. He said they will take this approach to try and reach untouched pockets of the population across the state. The state will change its guidelines to allow for outsiders seeking vaccination in the city to access it.
Fehrenbach said they have given their providers flexibility to vaccinate people from Canada when they present in their clinics. This applies to all other places where vaccination is offered. He said Covid 19 remains a threat to those in Washington as long as it still exists in the world. So regardless of whether it’s a traditional clinic or a driver, or a pop-up mobile clinic, everyone should access the vaccine