Pierce County plans to roll out multiple COVID-19 vaccination sites, several mobile locations

Pierce County plans to roll out multiple COVID-19 vaccination sites, several mobile locations

TACOMA, Wash. — Pierce County officials announced Friday that the county plans to have mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and mobile locations.

The county said it developed a plan to create three mass vaccination sites and eight mobile locations and have them ready before the end of the month.

“It’s taken too long for our residents to get COVID vaccinations, so we are implementing a local plan to get this done,” said Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive. “As we proved with the more than 92,455 mobile COVID tests we have administered, we can move quickly and smartly to make this happen for  Pierce County residents.”

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Officials said the county is working on having “drop teams” that will bring vaccines to those unable to travel to the sites, such as assisted living facilities, adult family homes and other priority groups.

“Getting vaccines into arms as efficiently as possible is our top priority,” said Council Chair Derek Young. “Creating this plan now and providing easy to access locations for people to get vaccinated across the county will reduce life-altering injuries and ultimately save lives.”

The county’s Department of Emergency Management had purchased freezers that will ensure the vaccines are preserved.

According to officials, the initial weeks are estimated to cost $4 million, which the county is expected to be reimbursed by state and federal funds.