Benton County mass vaccination site closes after four months, 81,773 vaccines

Benton County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site
Image Credit: Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team, Facebook

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — One of the most successful vaccine efforts in Washington state, the Benton County mass vaccination site at the county fairgrounds has completed its mission.

Over 17 weeks, more than 80,000 vaccinations were administered by a team comprised of local first responders, community health officials and volunteers with the common goal of curbing the threat of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities community and beyond.

On the final day of operations last Friday, the site administered 381 COVID-19 vaccines. Over recent weeks, the number of people visiting the site for vaccinations steadily declined despite the reintroduction of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19.

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Officials from the site say that more locations throughout the Tri-Cities are offering Pfizer vaccine doses, so individuals waiting for their second dose should be able to access it relatively easily.

A joint effort between local, state and federal agencies, the Benton County mass vaccination site was primarily operated by the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.

The site was also assisted by members of the Guard Unit including individuals who were stationed in the Tri-Cities beginning in the summer of 2020. Many of them are heading back home to resume their normal lives after providing public service for concerned community members in a time of need.

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Site officials confirm that the final count of doses administered at the mass vaccination site is 81,773. With a total of 169,014 vaccine doses given in Benton County, per the Washington Department of Health’s statistics, this mass vaccination site is responsible for 48.4% of the county’s total vaccine doses given to date.

Volunteers worked diligently with variable hours to make vaccines more accessible for Southeastern Washington residents from all walks of life. It was an effort powered by the community for the community to create a safer atmosphere and level the curve of this virus.

There are still plenty of places offering COVID-19 vaccinations in Benton and Franklin counties. To find a location near you, click here to visit the state’s Vaccine Locator tool.

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