On Tuesday, September 28, 2021 King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the Snoqualmie Tribe Vaccine Partnership as the winner of the 11th annual Executive’s Award for Community Resilience for their collaborative effort to deliver tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents of east King County. The award is given each fall in recognition of outstanding efforts made by community organizations to prepare for and respond to emergencies, to promote safer communities, and strengthen King County as a whole.
“For us to truly succeed in becoming more resilient, each of us must do our part as individuals and as members of our broader community to be ready to help,” said Executive Constantine. “That’s why I established the award eleven years ago, and why I’m honored to recognize the incredible, collaborative work of the Snoqualmie Tribe Vaccine Partnership today.”
The Snoqualmie Tribe Vaccine Partnership was formed when the Cities of Sammamish and Issaquah, Eastside Fire and Rescue, and the Snoqualmie Tribe joined efforts to ensure equitable distribution of critical COVID-19 vaccine to King County residents. Last spring, shortages of COVID-19 vaccine made it extremely difficult for area residents to secure an appointment for the shot.
“The Snoqualmie Tribe is very grateful to have this work recognized by Executive Constantine. It was an honor to us to be able to exercise our Tribal sovereignty and demonstrate our resilience in a way that supported and protected the community in such a direct way. We could not have asked for better partners than Eastside Fire and Rescue, the City of Sammamish, and the City of Issaquah in making this a reality,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles.
Learn more on the King County website or watch the announcement video courtesy of King County below.