If you were one of the roughly 1,200 people who received a Covid-19 vaccine at the Lumen Field Events Center on Wednesday, a familiar face might have greeted you in line and performed your initial symptom check. Seattle sports power couple Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird volunteered at the mass-vaccination site, hoping to do something positive for the community after a difficult year.
Look who was volunteering at the community vaccination site in our event center today It’s amazing to see everyone come together to make it possible. For more information and to sign up for a vaccine appointment visit: https://t.co/xe5JRyUchg pic.twitter.com/r4ArNmuZeu— Lumen Field (@lumenfield) March 17, 2021
“It’s been so much sadness and grief,” Rapinoe told King 5 news. “Obviously, we know the death numbers and how many people have gotten it. We know just how much COVID has touched people’s lives and how much a struggle it’s been. For us to do something positive and exciting is really cool.”
The Lumen Field site opened on Saturday and has the capacity to vaccinate up to 22,000 people per day once sufficient vaccine supply becomes available. Wednesday was the first day of eligibility for ~740,000 people in Phase 1B, Tier 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout, which includes people who are pregnant or with a disability that puts them at high risk, along with grocery store employees, agricultural workers, transit operators and others who work in certain congregate settings.