Just over one year ago, COVID-19 shut down Washington State as we know it. Seattle and King County identified its first case and death related to the coronavirus, the nation’s first known case.
CenturyLink Field became Ground Zero for a military field hospital that housed surgical rooms, intensive care units and COVID-19 patients. Nearly 365 days later, the event center and home of the Seahawks, now known as Lumen Field, opened up a mass vaccination site to vaccinate as many as 4,000 to 5,000 people a week.
When eligible people arrived on Wednesday, they were in for a surprise.
Welcoming people at the mass vaccination clinic were Seattle’s star athletes, Megan Rapinoe of the OL Reign and Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. Chris Daniels of KING5 captured the moment.
The powerhouse sports couple has always been on the frontlines in the Seattle community. Both Rapinoe and Bird have used their platforms to bring attention to inequities and change during their Hall of Fame careers. Whether it’s advancing LGBTQ rights, being vocal about pay differential in U.S. men and women’s soccer or kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
Now the iconic stars are championing those standing in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine. That is something we can get behind. Way to go Megan and Sue!