Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-WA, 8th District, did a volunteer vaccine administration shift in the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent on Monday, March 15.
“It is a stunning medical achievement that we have three highly effective and safe vaccines to help combat the coronavirus a year after it first showed up in Washington,” said Schrier, of Sammamish, whose district includes parts of Kent, Auburn and Renton, in a news release. “As more vaccines come online, it is important to educate people about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines, and why getting the vaccine will protect not only them, but their family and community.
“That is why I am so excited to administer vaccines today. We need to get vaccines into arms as fast as we can, and help reassure and address concerns of people who still feel hesitant about getting vaccinated.”
King County set up a vaccination site in Kent in February.
The American Rescue Plan Act included $20 billion for improving vaccine education, distribution and administration. This funding will in part go to vaccine education programs established by Schrier’s Vaccines Act that passed in December.
The rescue plan act also included $7.5 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare, promote, monitor, and track the vaccines.