New mass vaccination clinic opens at Kitsap Transit’s Gateway Center

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Another large vaccination clinic has opened in Kitsap County at Kitsap Transit’s Gateway Center in west Bremerton.

Operated by Peninsula Community Health Services, the clinic is open by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the vaccine is available from the state Department of Health.

An appointment can be made at pchsweb.org.

“We heard from our partners at Kitsap Public Health and PCHS that they wanted to accelerate efforts to vaccinate the community against COVID-19,” said John Clauson, executive director of Kitsap Transit. “We realized we could accommodate a mass-vaccination clinic at our Gateway Center, and we’re proud to join forces to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

As the state pushes to reach its goal of vaccinating 45,000 residents per day, more of these sites should continue to pop up. The health District and the county Emergency Operations Center has opened a clinic at the old St. Michael Medical Center in east Bremerton.

“I’m excited to see momentum growing in our community, with government agencies and health care organizations coming together to get the limited supply of vaccine out to eligible community members as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Gib Morrow, the health district’s health officer.

Vaccine distribution and administration is quickening in Washington. As of Jan. 28, the state had given 545,226 (60.57 percent) of 774,425 vaccines delivered to Washington providers. In Kitsap County, 20,008 vaccines had been given, according to the DOH.

Another 125,775 had gone to the CDC’s long-term care vaccination program. On average, the state is giving out 26,412 doses per day.

Disease activity has been trending down in Kitsap County in recent weeks. After hitting another peak Jan. 8, the county’s seven-day rolling average had decreased from 61 to 35 cases per day. Kitsap is nearing 5,000 cases since the pandemic began and has had 65 deaths.

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