SEATTLE — For months, demand for the COVID-19 vaccines has outpaced supply in Washington, which chose a phased rollout to prioritize high-risk and vulnerable groups. But after months of limited access to the life-saving shot, a surreal turn has happened for some clinics: supply is outpacing demand.
Seattle has 50,000 doses this week, officials said, but only about 25,000 appointments booked. That led city officials to throw open the doors to all walk-ups at three municipal sites:West Seattle, Rainier Beach, and the mass vaccination site at the Seahawk’s Lumen Field. Officials still recommend booking an appointment, but it is not required, and this change will not affect existing scheduled appointments.