The distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines is a community effort—no single organization or strategy can provide vaccine to everyone who wants it. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), SRHD and our region’s healthcare organizations are working together to enhance and support existing systems that have traditionally provided vaccine to our communities.
SRHD is organizing a series of community vaccination clinics over the coming months to make it easier for everyone to access vaccines closer to home at city and county fire stations and at schools. We are also providing community event organizers with the option to include a mobile vaccination unit (pop up clinic) at their events. Check our events page to see if any clinics will be available in your neighborhood soon!
Equitable and Efficient Distribution
Since COVID-19 vaccines became available, SRHD has worked through pre-established vaccine distribution avenues to ensure equitable and efficient distribution in our county. SRHD relies on a dedicated Vaccine Task Force to carry out this work. Task force members focus on identifying populations that may have limited access to vaccination and address this by coordinating with area providers and community partners to administer vaccinations to these groups.
Early on, SRHD teams focused on vaccinating staff and residents at long-term care centers, adult family homes and senior living centers not affiliated with the state’s long-term care pharmacy agreement. Today, our teams are continuing to vaccinate high-risk people living homeless and in shelters and in other congregate living situations. SRHD’s equity taskforce continues to identify populations needing improved access to vaccines and then establishes vaccination venues to reach them.
The Vaccine Task Force relies on volunteers to support these efforts, including university clinical students, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers, and medical staff within organizations, such as school nurses or jail clinical staff. Learn more about the MRC.