Seattle is texting alerts about leftover COVID-19 vaccines; here’s who can get on the limited standby list

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Seattle is texting alerts about leftover COVID-19 vaccines; here’s who can get on the limited standby list

Seattle Times reporter

The city of Seattle has created a standby list for some residents 65 and over who can take action and travel to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The city said the Seattle Fire Department’s mobile vaccination teams sometimes have a can or two left after holding daily vaccination events for the most vulnerable people in Seattle.

The doses left at the end of the day, usually two or three, must be used immediately.

To help spread it, the city created a standby list for Seattle residents 65 and older who live in zip codes hardest hit by the pandemic. These residents must be able to travel to vaccination centers.

Eligible residents can add their name to the standby list here.

People on the standby list must meet the vaccination team at a location within 30 minutes of being notified.

At the end of each day, @ SeattleFire Mobile Vaccination Teams can receive two to three doses of the vaccine to use immediately. To make sure the city is using all available doses, we have created a “standby” subscriber list.

Sign up: https://t.co/ZTBNOskHWy

– SEA Mayor’s Office (@OfficeofMayor) February 25, 2021

Every day around 4:30 p.m., the city said, a warning message is sent from Seattle to some or all of the people on the standby list to notify them of unused cans.

“If you haven’t received your first dose of the vaccine and you get to the place within 30 minutes, open the link in the text message and tap ‘YES,'” the city said in an announcement. “If standby appointments remain available, you will be directed to a confirmation screen and must leave immediately to meet the MVTs (Mobile Vaccination Teams).”

The second dose will be scheduled during the visit, the city said.