Goal: 34,000 doses of COVID vaccine in six weeks at Tacoma Dome

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site lasting through May is underway at the Tacoma Dome.

The drive-through and walkup site, organized by Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management, opened for six weeks starting April 27 with a goal of vaccinating at least 1,170 people each day–an estimated 34,000 doses that officials said will be given from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Language assistance will be available.

Officials plan to offer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine in order to serve everyone 16 and older. A parent or guardian must be present for 16 and 17-year-olds to be vaccinated.

During the first three weeks, only first-dose vaccinations will be given. Those participants will return during the next three weeks for their second dose, which will be scheduled on-site while getting their first shot.

People can pick the day they want their first shot by registering online at findyourcovidshot.com. For help signing up, they can call 253-798-8900.

The Dome vaccinations is another “convenient and easy way to get vaccinated,” said County Executive Bruce Dammeier. More than 50,000 people have been served by county-organized mass vaccinations since late January.

During the Tacoma Dome activity, Pierce County will continue to operate other vaccination sites elsewhere – including for second doses.

Anyone needing transportation to and from the Tacoma Dome can get free bus rides from Pierce Transit. Route 42 runs in front of the stadium, where people with appointments can walk from the bus stop to the walk-up vaccination station. In addition, Tacoma Dome Station, which is served by Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, Sounder trains and Link light rail, is a short walk away from the vaccination site.

Having a role in public vaccinations can eventually help return the city-owned Tacoma Dome to its pre-pandemic uses as a cultural and sports hub. “We know that every vaccine brings us one step closer to safely welcoming back guests en masse for concerts and events,” said Kim Bedier, director of Tacoma Venues and Events.