Pierce County to hold two COVID-19 vaccination events next week

VIDEO: First mass vaccination events in Pierce County

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department scheduled two free drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events next week, but hours after the announcement officials said the clinic spots are now booked.

“Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Jan. 26 and 28 COVID-19 vaccination clinics. We saw a huge response, and spots for both clinics are now full. We know demand is high for vaccine, but supplies remain limited. We’re working with partner agencies countywide to get vaccine to those of you who are eligible as quickly as it becomes available. Expect more pop up clinics like these. We’re working on details for one in Gig Harbor and will provide that information soon,” officials said.

The clinics will only be for people who currently qualify for the vaccine.

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Each event will offer 1,500 appointments. To find a current list of locations to access the vaccine, click here.

The first event will be Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The second event will be Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup, with entry at the blue parking lot.

People will receive their vaccine while remaining in their car and schedule their second dose appointment when they receive the first dose.

The vaccinations are free.

Here is who currently qualifies for vaccine in Washington:

Phase 1B Tier 1

  • 65 years or older.
  • 50 years or older and live in a multigenerational household (two or more generations).

Phase 1A

  • People who work in healthcare and can’t work remotely.
  • Medical first responders.
  • People who live or work in long-term care facilities.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department plans to schedule more clinics as soon as more vaccine is secured.

Vaccine is also available at medical facilities and pharmacies in Pierce County.