Vaccines are the hot topic of spring. And nothing is more buzzworthy—albeit confusing—than figuring out who is eligible, when and where to go, and how to find the most recent, accurate information. Staff at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services are working tirelessly to make sure the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is smooth, equitable and efficient.
To date, “49,108 people in Thurston County are fully vaccinated, which is 17.8% of our population,” says Meredith Mathis, COVID-19 Vaccine Public Information Specialist. “80,159 people, or 28.05% of our population have had at least one dose of vaccine. Across the county, health care providers have administered a total of 124,171 doses. Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has administered 15,072 of those doses.”
County by county statistics are updated regularly and can be found on a public health dashboard. And large-scale vaccination sites are ongoing and growing. From the first PHSS clinic on January 23, 2021 where only 100 doses were administered to February 6 staff, when staff, partnered with Providence Health and Services, hosted the county’s first drive-through clinic, and administered more than 1,100 doses, explains Mathis. “On March 5, PHSS opened a large-scale drive through vaccination clinic at the Thurston County Fairgrounds where we vaccinated just under 900 people with their first doses,” she continues. “On March 12, we opened another drive through vaccination site at South Puget Sound Community College, where we vaccinated just over 1,000 people with the single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.”