With spring on its way and COVID-19 vaccinations ramping up, brighter days are ahead.
To help people - especially BIPOC communities, older adults, and immigrants and refugees - travel to and from their vaccination appointments, Sound Transit will offer free Link light rail service starting March 13.
The new mass vaccination site at Lumen Field Event Center (formerly CenturyLink) and the city-run vaccination site in the Rainier Beach neighborhood are particularly close to Link light rail stations.
Both sites are a short walk from nearby light rail stations and the Rainier Beach site has also been added as a reservable destination when requesting your ride on Via to Transit.
So you can take Link to Rainier Beach and get a ride on Via to/from your shot. Regular fees apply for Via.
The mass vaccination site at Lumen Field, the largest of its kind in the nation, is close to both the Link Stadium and International District/Chinatown stations.
Lumen Field will initially vaccinate around 5,000 people each week, but could vaccinate up to 150,000 people each week – or 22,000 per day – at full capacity, if supply is available.
Eligible residents can sign up for this notification list and will be notified via email when appointments become available at any of the three City of Seattle fixed vaccination sites, including the Lumen Field Event Center.
“Nothing is more important to our health and wellbeing right now than vaccinating as many of our neighbors as quickly and easily as possible. Link will be a fast and convenient way for people to get wherever they need to for their vaccinations, including two of the region’s largest vaccination sites,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “We want to do all we can to speed our region’s return to normal.”
The free round-trip will be available throughout the day of a vaccination for passengers who show proof of the appointment if requested. Free service is also available to vaccination site volunteers who provide documentation they are working a shift that day.
Though we're on the road to recovery, COVID-19 is still with us.
Riders should also follow social distancing and other critical health guidelines to protect the community.