More mobility and incentives to increase vaccinations, reopening anxiety, 7th COVID emergency budget, water from air conditioners...

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May 27, 2021


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As most of you know, more shots in arms means a quicker end to this pandemic.  Although vaccines are now widely available, vaccination rates are still too low.  Governments – along with the private sector – are looking for creative incentives to increase those numbers, and I’ve included more on this below.  Free doughnuts, air travel for a year and tickets to the Superbowl are just a few of the incentives on offer (see below for details). 

In addition, as I’ve mentioned in past issues of this e-newsletter, and you may have read about in the news, the state, county and City of Seattle have been shifting the vaccination strategy away from mass vaccination sites and toward more flexible, mobile and targeted methods to increase vaccinations.  I’m including some information below on the state Department of Health’s Care-A-Van program and on Public Health’s efforts to vaccinate unhoused people.

In other news, this has been a busy time at the Council.  We just passed our 7th COVID emergency budget on Tuesday -  - funded through ARPA (the federal American Recovery Plan Act).  It was the largest supplemental budget passed in County history and will provide meaningful assistance to thousands of individuals, families and communities across King County.  More on this below.

Next Tuesday, the full Council will vote on my ban on County government use of Facial Recognition Technology.  We will have full details for you in Monday’s e-newsletter on how to view this meeting and provide input.  (And, yes, we will send out our Monday enews even though it’s on the Memorial Day holiday.)

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.