Tackling COVID-19 hot spots: more than 9,000 vaccines administered

July 8, 2021 Swedish Communications

Photo: CEO Dr. Guy Hudson, former CNO Margo Bykonen, mobile clinical lead Heather Martin and other members of our mobile vaccination team

Nearly six months after launching our mobile vaccination clinic in order to help the underserved and vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19 in our area, we bid adieu. At this point in time, we will continue to support our community with the mobile clinic when there is a need.

We couldn’t have done this work without our incredible partners: CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories, T-Mobile, Denali, Starbucks, YMCA and SEIU-1199 NW. Here’s what you helped us achieve:

  • 9,119 vaccines administered
  • 21 mobile clinic sites
  • 160 volunteers
  • 4,080 volunteer hours

“Words alone cannot express the immense gratitude I have for our partners,” said Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., chief health equity officer. “Each partner made it possible for our Swedish mobile vaccine clinic team to equitably deliver vaccines to more vulnerable communities in a way that helped overcome a lot of barriers they would typically face.”

Example of Whipple procedure

In order to select the sites, we looked at the percentage of people tested and the percentage of people that tested positive for COVID-19 by zip code. Looking at that data, hot spots in our area were identified. Based on the hot spots, we started outreach and vaccine education.

Our partnership with the YMCA was critical in moving this important work forward. “What I appreciated the most from our partnership and the vaccine rollout is recognizing the power of partnerships against this horrible disease,” said Rahel Schwartz, MPH Health & Wellness Director / Community Outreach Specialist at YMCA. “Providing vaccine to our community members in a familiar space, not only eliminated the language and cultural barriers, but it also improved their trust in healthcare providers. It made them feel they were prioritized, cared for and respected. This work has meant moving outside of our comfort zone, but it has been very rewarding to feel we were all part of something incredible. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate Swedish, their partners and team for all the hard work to make this happen.”

Thank you to the communities who invited us into the fold – those who supported the vaccine efforts by getting people to clinic days, who fed our teams and welcomed us with open arms:

  • YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Ethiopian Community Center
  • Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Van Asselt Community Center
  • Pacific Islander Community Association
  • Neighborcare: Rainier Beach Medical & Dental Clinic and Meridian Center for Health
  • King County Housing Authority: Greenbridge
  • UTOPIA at Hillside Church
  • Hearing Speech and Deafness Center
  • AfricaTown at Bailey Gatzert Elementary
  • Urban League
  • City of Edmonds at United Presbyterian
  • Filipino Community of Seattle at St. Paul Church
  • Byrd Barr Place
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • Union Gospel Mission - Women's Shelter
  • Ballard High School
  • HIS Chamber Church
  • Islamic Center of Puget Sound
  • Downtown Emergency Services Center - Local Encampments

Our frontline caregivers are grateful to those who have received their vaccinations. To those who supported our work, to those who gave of their time and talents, we thank you. 

I would like to express gratitude for the volunteers that helped make our mobile vaccination clinic a reality,” said Heather Martin, mobile clinic vaccine clinical lead. “Shortly after realizing the need to bring vaccinations to the highest risk groups, our team acted quickly and began serving the groups hardest hit by COVID-19. Several times the needs of the communities morphed from larger clinics in parking lots, to smaller clinics inside of organizations even to backpacks to go into homeless encampments. The one thing that was consistent though was the amazing volunteers that gave of their time and heart to serve others. COVID-19 unleashed its wrath on our country and city, but I am forever changed by the number of caregivers and volunteers that stepped up to deliver the vaccine to those that needed it most.”

Find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic near you

Select Swedish clinics are now offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to patients ages 12 and up. Clinics include Pine Lake Universal Response Clinic, Downtown Primary Care and Mill Creek Primary Care. To learn more and schedule a vaccination appointment visit www.swedish.org/covid-19.

Or to locate a vaccination site near you, visit the Washington State Department of Health Vaccine Locator website or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

We encourage everyone who is eligible and able to get the vaccine to do so. Please continue to wear your mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently.

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