Yakima County To Open Pilot Vaccination Center
Yakima County is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to open a pilot Community Vaccination Center to help speed up getting COVID-19 vaccine to Yakima's underserved communities. The fixed drive-through site will be open March 31 at Yakima's State Fair Park as well as mobile vaccination units. A news release says through the partnership with the state and federal government "vaccination capacity at this location will expand from approximately 200 vaccines per day to 1,200 vaccines per day between the fixed, drive-thru site and mobile units. The additional vaccine doses will be provided directly by the federal government and will not be taken from the state or county’s regular allotments."
The mobile units will be busy providing vaccination services to the rural and agricultural communities, including Selah, Naches, Wapato, Toppenish, Zillah, Sunnyside, Mabton, and Grandview. FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich “This partnership is a positive step toward ensuring all eligible individuals who want a COVID-19 vaccine have access to one. These 1,200 daily vaccine doses will make sure that Yakima’s rural, underserved communities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection are receiving the help they need,”
"The Yakima County Pilot CVC will open on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The address of the Central Washington State Fair Park is 1301 S Fair Ave., Yakima, WA 98901, and this fixed site will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday—Wednesday and Friday—Sunday. On Thursdays it will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mobile unit locations and hours will be available and updated on the Yakima Health District website YakimaHealthDistrict.org."