Chelan-Douglas COVID vaccinations reach halfway mark among those eligible

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EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley is close to the halfway mark in its drive to get eligible residents vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chelan-Douglas Health District administrator Luke Davies told the regional board of health yesterday the pace of vaccinations looks good for the two counties, with 49,346 residents initiating their doses of one of the three approved inoculations. Davies said 37,234 people have now completed a two-dose round of Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson medication.

“What this means is that is about 50.6 percent of our eligible population — that means 16 (years old) or above,” Davies told the Chelan-Douglas Board of Health. “That’s a huge milestone for us.”

Davies says the state-run mass vaccination site at Town Toyota Center distributed about 1,200 doses of Pfizer vaccine on Friday alone, and satellite clinics managed by the health district have begun administering doses on days when the center is closed.

Encompassing the whole population, including those too young to be approved for vaccination, about 41 percent have started their vaccination process. If the current rate holds, Davies estimated the two counties could vaccinate 70 percent of all eligible individuals by June 15.