It Takes a Village: Recognizing Washington’s Public-Private Partnerships

Businesses across the state join vaccination efforts

Local sports teams

The Seattle Kraken, Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders FC, and Storm all helped with Washington’s vaccination efforts. From ad space and in-stadium promotions, to hosting vaccination clinics and donating incentives for the “Shot of a Lifetime” vaccine giveaway series, our professional sports teams gave us all a lot to cheer for. You may even recognize some Seattle sports personalities, like Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, in recent PSAs.

Transit partners

Access to reliable transportation is an unfortunate barrier to health care for many Washingtonians. Partners like Lyft, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, Spokane Transit, Valley Transit (Walla Walla), and Uber provided free or discounted transportation to vaccine appointments.

Institutions & Washington landmarks

Our friends at Seattle-based Fred Hutch are experts at “connections.” They helped us connect with local sports partners and even used their network to boost our in-language community outreach efforts. Along with their partner agency, Socialisssima, Fred Hutch developed multimedia content in 12 languages. We also worked with Fred Hutch on a number of expert panel discussions, including one from earlier this summer with Dr. Larry Corey.

What to remember

So, next time you’re cheering on a Washington sports team, riding public transit, or grabbing your morning coffee, just take a moment to think about all those who helped us get here. And while you do, remember that sometimes it takes a village. And together, we did.

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