Inslee tours Clark County vaccination site, urges patience


Site is at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The governor of Washington toured a mass vaccination site in Clark County on Thursday morning as the state works to streamline the vaccination process for eligible groups.

Gov. Jay Inslee and the Secretary of Health Umair Shah began their tour of the Clark County Fairgrounds around 8:30 a.m. where workers are administering more than 600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine every day.

Unlike Oregon, Washington is currently vaccinating adults 65 and older along with those 50 and over who live in multigenerational households. Many people have expressed frustration over the online appointment process, however, and state health leaders say they expect to post an online calendar for appointments once they are given information on how many doses to expect in the next three weeks.

Inslee urged residents to be patient as the state works to increase appointment availability at mass vaccination clinics like the one in Clark County, which is supported by the Washington Department with help from the National Guard and health officials.

“Look, there is a limitation to the number of doses,” said Inslee. “We have 1.7 million people eligible but we’re only getting about 100,000 doses so we are limited by the number of doses we get, so there’s going to be a period of waiting.”

Clark County health leaders said they’re making plans to reach vulnerable people who aren’t able to travel to vaccine centers.

At a press conference January 21, Inslee said Washington ranks 13th in the nation for total vaccinations. Last week he also announced the Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center, a statewide public-private partnership to boost vaccine distribution efforts.

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