Port recognized for its part in county’s mass vaccination site

The Washington Public Ports Association has awarded the Port of Grays Harbor its 2021 Creative Partnership Award for its part in establishing a mass vaccination site in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Port of Grays Harbor partnered with the Grays Harbor County Public Health COVID-19 Incident Management Team, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Summit Pacific Medical Center, Pasha Automotive Services and many others to create one of the state’s first mass vaccination sites at the end of January.

The drive-thru site was located in a Pasha Automotive building at Terminal 4 and could handle up to 1,000 vaccine dose deliveries a day. All told, 19,264 total doses of vaccine were delivered to 9,710 people at clinics spread out over five months until its last day of operation on May 22.

“A tremendous amount of coordination and communication from an array of local and regional partners went into the success of the site that could perform nearly 1,000 vaccinations per day, without the vaccine recipient ever leaving their vehicle,” read a Port statement.

The Port listed the cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, including fire and police departments; Grays Harbor County law enforcement agencies; Grays Harbor County Fire and EMS agencies; the U.S. Coast Guard; the Grays Harbor College Nursing Program; and hundreds of community volunteers among the list of partners.