More COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Yakima County this week but still not enough to open a mass vaccination site at Yakima's State Fair Park. This week officials at the Yakima Health District say the county received 15,497 doses of vaccine, which includes 11,132 first doses and 4,365 second doses. Nathan Johnson, Local Emergency Response Coordinator says while that's a lot of doses it's not enough for a mass site because he says "For mass vaccine site to be open we'll need 15,000 first dose vaccines. While we did get over 15,000 total, it was a combination of both first and second doses.
Given that this is our first week of receiving that vaccine, we'll need to ensure a consistent supply for logistics.
However, the Infrastructure for the vaccine site is in place and we continue to iron out smaller details so we are ready when we have the vaccine in our community."
So health officials say while the county waits for more first doses those looking for the vaccine should visit the Yakima Health District website to schedule an appointment or find out about pop-up vaccination clinics in the valley. https://www.yakimacounty.us/2323/COVID-19
If you've already received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you're expected to get your second dose from the same location.
Yakima County continues battling the virus and vaccinating people in Phase 1B Tier 1 of the COVID-19 restrictions. Health officials say it's likely the county will stay in that phase until the spring.
If you are still looking for the vaccine health there are four steps in the process.
"Step 1: Determine Eligibility using Phase Finder (www.FindYourPhaseWA.Org) Step 2: Identify a location that is currently distributing vaccines using the Yakima Health District Website Step 3: Contact the location to schedule an appointment. Each location will have a preferred method of contact listed on the Yakima Health District website Step 4: Go to your first appointment and mark your calendar for your second dose.
If you do not have internet access you can call the state COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-525-0127.