The state this morning launched a website prepmode.doh.wa.gov for people to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but warned it may take some time before they will be ready to vaccinate large numbers of people.
Heavy use of the new website this morning has made it inaccessible at times.
Four mass vaccination sites have been set up statewide that include the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, which will begin administering the vaccine by appointment only Tuesday.
The state said initially a limited number of appointments will be taken.
“Based on current allocations for the state of Washington, the initial goal is to have enough vaccine to provide approximately 500 vaccinations per site, per day,”
the Washington Department of Health said in a press release this morning. “In the beginning it will be less, as sites ramp up to that goal and beyond.”
Local and state health officials are stressing that people should not show up at the Town Toyota Center without an appointment and registrations will not be taken there.
Before making an appointment, people should go to the state’s Phase Finder website to make sure they are eligible under the state’s phased vaccination plan.
The vaccinations will be administered at the Town Toyota Center Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Anyone who has already established their eligibility still may be able to receive the vaccine through their health care provider, clinic or pharmacy and should take advantage of that opportunity, the state said.