Saturday, January 23, 6:35 p.m.

Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) is initiating a mass vaccination plan Monday, Jan.25, at the Klickitat County fairgrounds.

Gov. Jay Inslee officially moved Washington State into Phase 1B on Monday, Jan. 18, with an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months.

KVH has developed a drive-through mass vaccination clinic program for the general public at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds. Registration is required. This program will begin on Monday, Jan. 25 and will include people 65+ and people 50+ living in multigenerational housing during this phase.

Multigeneral household has been defined by the state as:

1. People who are (a) over the age of 50 AND (b) are not able to live independently who either:

     a) are receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver, or

     b) are living with someone who works outside of the home.

2. People who are over the age of 50 AND are living with and caring for

a grandchild.

No one under age 50 is eligible, and no one over age 50 caring for a partner,

friend or child (exception - grandchildren) is eligible during this phase.

There will be no direct charge to patients for the vaccine.

The KVH COVID Vaccine Registration Phone Line is now open. If you are eligible to register, call 773-4029, and a COVID patient access specialist will assist you with registration. Be advised you may have to wait to speak with a specialist. The registration line will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

Step 1: Go to findyourphasewa.org and fill out the requested information. If you are eligible, call the KVH COVID hotline at 773-4029, press 2, and follow the instructions to register. If you are not yet eligible, we recommend logging on weekly as guidelines continue to change at a rapid pace.

Step 2: Visit KVHealth.net where you will find the necessary vaccine information and paperwork for vaccination. Please download the paperwork and fill it out to the best of your ability. Should you have questions, or you are unable to download the paperwork, packets and assistance will be available at your registered appointment. 

Registration for a vaccine is required along with proof of residency. Bring a photo ID or addressed mail with you to your appointment.

In accordance with the governor’s statewide plan, KVH will continue to vaccinate those eligible under Phase 1A guidelines and begin vaccinating pre-registered individuals eligible under Phase 1B guidelines.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

• Keep checking the District website and social media channels for updated information.

• Consider volunteering your time for one of KVH’s future vaccination clinics. Contact Sam Counts at scounts@KVHealth.net or call (509) 772-2734.

• Please keep following COVID-19 safety guidelines to protect the health of our community.

For more information, visit KVHealth.net.