Washington State has officially passed 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered and reported, which is 57.4% of the doses provided to the state by the federal government.
As of Monday, around 40,000 doses of the vaccine were administered — a new record as the state works towards vaccinating 45,000 people a day. The current seven-day rolling average for Washington is 23,960 doses administered per day.
“We have taken action, we expanded our distribution and infrastructure and it is working,” Governor Jay Inslee said Monday in a press release. “We still have a long way to go, but if Washingtonians have proven anything throughout this pandemic, it is that we are up to the task. We have taken action, and we will continue to improve until we meet and exceed our goals.”
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has just launched four mass vaccination sites throughout Washington state to help meet the 45,000 goal.
Sites are located in Kennewick, Ridgefield, Spokane, and Wenatchee and will be open by appointment only to those who have pre-registered and are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B-1.
Each site will receive assistance from the Washington National Guard as well as local and private-sector partners.
“As our vaccine allocations increase, these sites will provide additional capacity to get people vaccinated quickly and efficiently across the state,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health, in a press release. “With much less supply of vaccine than people currently eligible, it is going to take time which will require patience from all of us. I want to thank our partners who are working together to help us build the infrastructure needed to reach our goal of 45,000 vaccinations a day.”
In addition to these mass vaccination centers, clinics, pharmacies, and healthcare providers will still be offering the vaccine.