Bad weather slows vaccine shipments

By on Friday, February 19th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – The Washington Department of Health says the severe winter weather gripping much of the nation has delayed delivery of an estimated 90 percent of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation. Health officials are hoping more shipments are delivered in the coming days.

Walla Walla County hopes that’s the case. The Department of Community Health is now accepting applications for vaccinations from those in Phase 1A or Phase 1B Tier 1 for Sunday and Monday. The clinic at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds will be open form 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People must register with the Washington State Phase Finder tool from the Washington Department of Health. Once the eligibility is determined, those who fit the category are then given steps to scheduling their appointments.

Residents should select the vaccine locations button at and find Walla Walla County on the list of locations. Click on Walla Walla Fairgrounds and follow the steps for setting up an appointment. An email confirmation will then be sent. Each person registering must use a separate email address. The system doesn’t accommodate multiple people signing up from one email address.

People are asked to try to arrive right on time. Arriving early creates heavy traffic and congestion in the area of the fairgrounds.