Amazon plans pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Seattle HQ


A 2018 file photo of a lobby at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. Amazon said it will open a pop-up clinic in its headquarters on Jan 24 to help vaccinate 2,000 eligible members of the public against Covid-19 on the first day. — AP

Amazon Inc said on Jan 21 it will open a pop-up clinic in its Seattle headquarters on Jan 24 with an aim to vaccinate 2,000 eligible members of the public against Covid-19 on the first day.

Amazon senior vice-president of global corporate affairs Jay Carney, who announced the plan in a news conference with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, said a company executive will be working with Washington State’s Vaccine Command Center.

The clinic will be hosted in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

The move came a day after Reuters reported that Amazon had offered to help with the United States’ efforts involving the Covid-19 vaccine, citing a letter addressed to President Joe Biden.

The State currently allows people aged 65 and older and people 50 and older living in a multi-generational household to get vaccinated. It has yet to grant doses for the vaccination of warehouse employees, such as Amazon’s.

The company employs more than 800,000 people in the country and more than 19,000 US workers at Amazon had contracted the virus as of September, underscoring the vaccine’s importance in keeping its staff safe and warehouses operational. – Reuters

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