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Mass COVID-19 vaccination site opens at the Tacoma Dome Tuesday

The goal will be to vaccinate more than 1,000 people each day for six weeks.

TACOMA, Wash. — A COVID-19 vaccination site at the Tacoma Dome has the goal of providing an estimated 34,000 doses in six weeks.

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management opened the site April 27. 

The goal will be to vaccinate at least 1,170 people each day and give an estimated 34,000 doses to people by the end of the six weeks.

The plan is to offer the Pfizer vaccine so the site can serve everyone 16 and older. The site will only do first-dose vaccinations for the first three weeks.

The drive-thru site will operate from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week, except holidays.

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“We want to beat this virus as quickly as possible, and now our residents have a convenient and easy way to get vaccinated,” said County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “I encourage everyone to make an appointment at the Tacoma Dome as soon as possible so they protect themselves, their loved ones and our community.”

The county will continue operating other vaccination sites. To register, visit FindYourCovidShot.com. Call 253-798-8900 for assistance. 

Since it began mass vaccination events in January, the county's Department of Emergency Management has vaccinated more than 50,000 people.

However, Pierce County was one of three to move back a phase in the state's reopening plan after case and hospitalization rates broke the established threshold. Gov. Jay Inslee announced counties must fail two metrics, case rate over two weeks and hospitalization rate over one week, to be moved back one phase. 

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department officials recently said cases have been on the rise since March. 

The next evaluation will be on May 3.