(PRESS RELEASE/ Tri-County Economic Development District)
The Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD), in coordination with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), has requested a Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) to help facilitate COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts across Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties.
The NE Washington Type 3 IMT arrived in Colville on March 1, 2021 bringing state and local responders experienced in managing complex incidents to the tri-county region. NETCHD and the IMT are pursuing plans for multiple mobile and fixed-location community vaccination sites to support and continue the good work begun by NETCHD and local health care providers in the area.
The IMT is working to identify additional locations throughout Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties where vaccination sites could be held. These sites will be critical to ensuring high-risk and vulnerable populations across the region have access to the COVID-19 vaccination.
The effort to open community vaccination sites in Northeast Washington will require collaboration with DOH and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Funding support and vaccine supply from state and federal sources will be critical for ensuring the success of these sites.
Additionally, NETCHD and the Type 3 IMT are working to establish a fully staffed and centralized call center to coordinate scheduling vaccination appointments and provide COVID-19 vaccine information to residents across the tri-county area.
As more groups of people become eligible to be vaccinated, these sites will adapt to needs as determined by requests for vaccination appointments in areas not already scheduled through local vaccine providers.
Details about the vaccination sites, including locations and opening dates, are not yet available. Updates will be provided in the coming days. If you are currently on the vaccination waitlist with NETCHD, expect to be contacted by our call center. It is important for you to try to answer any call from NETCHD. If you do not answer, you might not be contacted again until the next vaccination opportunity to be scheduled in your area.