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A Vaccine and a Burger: BHT Partnership Teams Up with Dick’s Drive-In

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Business Health Trust continue to host 20+ community vaccination clinics throughout the region.

This weekend’s clinic will provide 300-600 or more Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses. Those who get vaccinated can get a Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants cheeseburger to go.

Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments through Safeway’s website or simply walk-up from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 17 and 18 at Madrona Hall on the north end of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.

This clinic site is important because the UW recently announced students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall. Just like the national trends, COVID-19 patients being hospitalized in Washington state are now overwhelmingly young and middle-aged adults.

“Vaccine distribution is essential to recovery of our regional economy,” said Rachel Smith, President & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are working hand-in-hand every day to respond to the biggest challenges in this pandemic. This moment in history calls for leadership, partnership and results – and we will continue to take action to drive outcomes that move us forward.”

The UW will provide the space, while Business Health Trust, the Chamber and Safeway will provide staffing and operational support to run the community vaccination center.

“We’re excited and grateful to see so many in our community choose to get vaccinated!” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. “What better way to celebrate than to enjoy a free cheeseburger with your vaccine? We’re really looking forward to the day when UW students are back on campus and back to normal.”

This partnership has facilitated 20+ clinics so far and will rotate back through previous clinic locations to offer the needed second doses where Moderna or Pfizer vaccines have been administered. Clinics are being held across the region in Bellevue, White Center, Everett, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Tukwila and now the University of Washington. The group is in the planning stages of even more clinics in Bellevue, Tukwila, Des Moines, the UW, and Renton.

“Our partnership is being thoughtful and strategic about where we bring vaccines, so we can reach those in our communities who are experiencing barriers to securing appointments,” said Business Health Trust’s Executive Director, Sarai Childs. “Our higher COVID-19 case and hospitalization trends for our young adult population is troubling, but more than that, it is a call to action. We will be right on students’ doorsteps with a vaccine, a cheeseburger and the hope that we will beat this virus together.”

Signups for the UW vaccine clinic are open now at kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/UW.

“Ensuring our students get vaccinated as soon as possible is so important for their health and our return to in-person instruction this fall,” said Sally J. Clark, Director, Regional & Community Relations. “Dick’s burgers have been part of the food pyramid for UW students for generations, so it’s great to have this partnership with the Chamber, Safeway and Dick’s.”

Doctor giving a senior woman a vaccination

Partnership Breaks Down Vaccine Barriers in Bothell

Partnership brings 1,000 more COVID-19 vaccination appointments to King and Snohomish counties on April 28-29

BOTHELL – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, T-Mobile, QFC and Business Health Trust will host a community vaccination clinic in Bothell as the group aims to provide 17,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses throughout the region by mid-May.

The Bothell clinic will provide more than 1,000 vaccine appointments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28 and 29 at the T-Mobile offices at 22209 30th Drive S.E. Organizers are working with more than 20 community partners serving populations who have faced historic and ongoing exclusion, as well as seniors, to support equitable access to these appointments.

“T-Mobile is all in to support community vaccination efforts alongside the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce,” said Darcey Estes, VP of Real Estate and Facilities at T-Mobile. “Through these community vaccination clinics, we are glad to be doing our part to bring us all one step closer to finally emerging from this pandemic.”

The clinic, which is expected to deliver 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine per day, will be co-run by the partner businesses. While all residents ages 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for ages 18 and older.

“Vaccine distribution is essential to recovery of our regional economy,” said Rachel Smith, President & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Our businesses are working hand-in-hand every day to respond to the biggest challenges in this pandemic. This moment in history calls for leadership, partnership and results – and we will continue to take action to drive outcomes that move us forward.”

T-Mobile will provide the space, while Business Health Trust, the Chamber and QFC will provide staffing and operational support to run the new community vaccination center.

“QFC is guided by our values and our promise to Feed the Human Spirit. We work to help people live healthier lives, and vaccinations are an integral part of that,” said Chris Albi, president of QFC. “QFC, Fred Meyer and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at vaccination sites, these services include scheduling, administering and observing the vaccinations.”

This will be the final first-dose clinic in this series for several weeks because the partnership will rotate back through previous clinic locations to offer the needed second doses. Clinics are being held across the region in Bellevue, White Center, Everett, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Georgetown, Capitol Hill and Tukwila.

“As vaccine eligibility has opened up more widely, it has become more challenging to secure a vaccine appointment,” said Sarai Childs, Executive Director of Business Health Trust. “We have targeted ZIP codes where barriers to vaccines are more likely to exist with the goal of ensuring that everyone in our communities who wants to be vaccinated can obtain an appointment.”

The clinics fill up fast. Signups for the Bothell vaccine clinic are available at qfc.com/covidvaccine. Search “Bothell,” then select “Bothell T-Mobile.” The clinic will not be able to accommodate walk-ups.

Volunteers are still needed. Come help your community and get vaccinated yourself. Sign up here.

Supporting this effort:

  • T-Mobile
  • QFC
  • Business Health Trust
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions
  • Bothell Chamber of Commerce
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • The Boeing Company
  • Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

5,500 and Counting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Through Business Health Trust Partnership

Business Health Trust is taking its core value to be a resource to employers throughout the Puget Sound region with COVID-19 vaccine clinics that so far have immunized 5,500 people and counting.

The clinics are being offered through a unique partnership between local grocery stores and business organizations, including Business Health Trust and its plan sponsor, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Each event needs about 50 to 60 volunteers to keep patients safely flowing through the pop-up vaccine clinics, and Business Health Trust members are among volunteers who have been willing to step up and help.

We first wrote about the clinics in the post Business Health Trust Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to Diverse Population, which highlighted a clinic in the White Center neighborhood where the diverse population has seen one of the highest rates of COVID-19 incidence in King County.

Since then clinics have taken place in Bellevue, Tacoma and Everett, with more likely as eligibility for the vaccine expands to all Washingtonians 16 and older as of April 15, 2021.

If you would like to be notified about future COVID-19 vaccine clinics as a patient or to volunteer, or if your company is interested in partnering, please fill out this survey.

How to Register for a COVID-19 Vaccine with Kaiser Permanente

Are you eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or about to become eligible and wondering where to start?

As of April 15, 2021, all Washingtonians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and Business Health Trust partner Kaiser Permanente is offering tips to help both members and non-members register for the vaccine at one of their facilities.

For Business Health Trust members enrolled in Kaiser Permanente, it’s easy to sign up for your vaccine online at kp.org/wa. Once you’ve logged in, click on “COVID-19” and complete the “COVID-19 vaccination” e-visit to confirm your eligibility, then you can schedule an appointment for your first shot.

For members who do not have internet access or for non-members, you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-352-3610.

For more information, download the flyer Getting Vaccinated with Kaiser Permanente.