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Sounders offering free Covid-19 vaccinations to fans

Team announces that players and soccer staff, including Tacoma Defiance, are now all considered fully vaccinated.

SOCCER: APR 16 MLS - Minnesota United FC at Seattle Sounders FC Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: The Seattle Fire Department said they delivered 83 vaccines at Sunday’s game and will be back for future matches.

In an effort to lead by example, the Seattle Sounders announced that all team personnel is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Even more importantly, they also announced that any fan attending Sunday’s game against the LA Galaxy who has not already received a vaccine dose can get one at Lumen Field.

“Vaccinating all players and support staff across both our First Team and Tacoma Defiance groups is a major milestone for our club,” Sounders General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a team release. “It’s also critical to mention that as a community it’s essential for as many people as possible get vaccinated, while remaining socially distant and using masks. We hope that our players and staff being 100 percent bought into the overall vaccination effort inspires others to do the same.”

Fans can choose between the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or get the first dose of the two-shot Moderna vaccine at one of two in-stadium locations, the West Field Plaza outside section 140 and the East Main Concourse outside of section 104. The vaccines are being administered by the Seattle Fire Department mobile EMS units and Virginia Maso Franciscan Health is providing staffing and volunteers to support the process. Those who choose to get the Moderna vaccine will also be able to make an appointment for a second dose at one of the City of Seattle’s community vaccination hubs.

In addition to receiving protection against a deadly virus, fans will also get a voucher for a free hot dog. Fans who have already received one dose of any vaccine will not be eligible.

A Sounders spokesperson said the plan is to make this program available for the “foreseeable future” but it’s also important to note that vaccines are now widely available throughout Seattle and King County, including at the Lumen Field Event Center.

“Being able to have fans back at Lumen Field this season has been an incredible feeling,” Sounders FC Owner & President of Business Operations Peter Tomozawa sad in a team release. “However, we didn’t reach this point by chance, and the science behind fighting COVID-19 with vaccinations is science that our club believes in and supports whole-heartedly.

“We encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten their shot yet to do so, whether at a Sounders match or elsewhere in the community. We want to get back to normal as soon as possible, with a full stadium singing, cheering and celebrating with the team in person, but that can only happen if we’re all willing to do own individual parts — which includes getting vaccinated and continuing to mask up and follow health protocols.”

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