Pierce County approves $4 million to assistance build mass COVID-19 vaccination web-sites

In a 6-1 vote Tuesday, the Pierce County Council accepted allocating $4 million from the basic fund to aid establish 3 mass COVID-19 vaccination sites.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to approve allocating $4 million from the county’s common fund to support established up mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. Officials explained they be expecting to be reimbursed by the point out or federal funding resources.

In an work to speed up the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, Pierce County strategies to establish 3 mass vaccination sites and various cellular destinations. 

The County’s Office of Crisis Management will be assisting with the rollout and planning for the web sites. The aim is to have them up and functioning by the conclusion of January.

“Receiving vaccines into arms as competently as doable is our prime priority,” stated Council Chair Derek Youthful in a ready statement. “Creating this strategy now and supplying quick to access destinations for people today to get vaccinated across the county will decrease everyday living-altering accidents and ultimately help save lives.”

The locations of the mass vaccination web sites have not been decided but, but officials claimed numerous requirements are staying viewed as including proximity to community transportation, equitable obtain and geographic variety. 

The county’s objective is to administer 4,600 vaccines a day at comprehensive capacity.

The prepare also consists of up to 8 cellular vaccination sites and “fall teams” that can bring vaccinations to people unable to travel, this sort of as people today living in assisted dwelling services, adult family members houses and other precedence groups. 

The announcement arrives just a working day right after Gov. Jay Inslee introduced that the state is officially in Phase 1B of the vaccine administration plan. Period 1B includes folks 65 and older, and folks who are 50 a long time previous and residing in multigenerational households. 

Inslee also claimed the state will be setting up four mass COVID-19 vaccination internet sites in central and japanese Washington as before long as up coming 7 days.