Cantwell Applauds Announcement of Yakima Community Vaccination Center

FEMA announced the center will open March 31 using funding from the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement today after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will open a new Community Vaccination Center in Yakima, Washington, on March 31, 2021:

“More resources are on the way to Yakima to get people throughout Central Washington, including high-risk and underserved communities, vaccinated and help with a safe reopening. This Community Vaccination Center will expand vaccination capacity in Yakima almost sixfold. Programs like this are exactly why I voted for the American Rescue Plan, and I’m so glad it’s already delivering results for Central Washington.”

The new Community Vaccination Center is being opened in partnership with Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) and Emergency Management Division (EMD), Yakima Health District, and Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management. It will help speed up the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations delivered to Yakima’s historically underserved communities at high risk of infection and is expected to increase the daily vaccination capacity from 200 doses to 1,200 doses.

The funding for the pilot comes from the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden earlier this month.