Yakima vaccine site to stay open after federal program ends

Yakima Mass Vaccination Clinic State Fair Park
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YAKIMA, Wash. — The federal pilot program helping to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Yakima has come to an end, but the vaccination site at State Fair Park will continue to operate.

“We are still going to be continuing to have the community vaccination center here open, as well as the mobile units so individuals can still access vaccines,” said Stephanie Badillo-Sanchez, Communications Specialist with the Yakima Health District.

To date, the center at State Fair Park has administered 39,688 vaccinations. As part of the pilot program, federal authorities provided the vaccines at the site and were able to administer up to 1,200 per day, seven days a week.

Now, the vaccines will be coming out of the regular amount allotted to the county by the state and the center will be able to administer about 300 vaccines a day, five days per week.

Badillo-Sanchez said about 51 percent of people 16 years and older in Yakima County have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about 42 percent have been fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, the hours at the mass vaccination site at State Fair Park will be:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, including Memorial Day
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday
  • Closed on Friday and Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

More information about vaccination opportunities in Yakima County can be found at yakimavaccines.org.

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