Amazon to launch pop-up vaccination centre at its headquarters

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Amazon is set to open a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at its headquarters this weekend to help “turn the page” on the virus as quickly as possible.

Amazon will launch the clinic in partnership with Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle, which will aim to administer 2000 vaccines to the “eligible” members of the public.

In Washington, this includes people over the age of 65 and people over the age of 50 who live in a multigenerational household.

“The truth is, Covid-19 has been a tragedy for the country, for the world and for Washington,” Amazon spokesperson Jay Carney said.

READ MORE: Amazon offers to help Biden administration roll out vaccine

“We’re eager to help save lives here in our home state, to rebuild the economy with you and turn the page on Covid as quickly as we can.”

It comes after Amazon’s incoming chief executive of retail Dave Clark wrote to President Joe Biden earlier this week stating that it “stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration”.

The letter said Amazon is prepared to “leverage our operations, information technology and communications expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts,” adding that its vast scale allowed Amazon to “make a meaningful impact immediately”.

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