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Want to honor our hardworking public health nurses? Get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Today is the start of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2021. It’s a time to honor the commitment, dedication, and hard work of nurses at the Health Department and elsewhere. A great way to do that is to get your COVID-19 vaccine and help put this pandemic behind us!

This time last year, we told you about all our great nurses and the work they were doing on the front lines. Nurses have served a vital role in the response to this pandemic from day one. Now, public health nurses are helping to lead the charge in Pierce County’s vaccination efforts. Nurses at the Health Department:

  • Plan a variety of community vaccination clinics.
  • Administer vaccines.
  • Provide vaccine education.
  • Support community providers in their vaccination efforts.

A nurse administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a clinic. 

Last year, with each passing day, we were all learning more about COVID-19 and watching our cases increase. Sadly, our cases are still on the rise. But only a year later, we have vaccine to stop the spread and save lives We’ve made great progress, administering more than 563,000 doses of vaccine so far in Pierce County.

Now here’s the bad news: After hitting a new high of 5,300 doses administered each day on average two weeks ago, this past week, our vaccination rate slowed down to an average of 4,400 doses daily, our lowest 7-day average since February. This is the wrong direction, and the nurses who care about you and the health of our county want you to help. Celebrate National Nurses Week in 2021 by getting your COVID-19 vaccination or encouraging those you love to get vaccinated!

The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. You don’t need insurance or ID.

It’s easier than ever to get vaccinated. Now, you don’t even need an appointment in many places, including clinics Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Pierce County Department of Emergency Management offer.

We have open spots all over the county, including fixed locations in Lakewood, Tacoma, South Hill, and a large event this weekend in Bonney Lake. Register for a shot at those locations or others at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or just come to one of the clinics listed on our page during business hours and get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary.

You can walk-up or drive-thru at clinics around the county. Some even feature evening and weekend hours to make it more convenient if you work during the day.

If you need any help finding vaccine, sign up online for our COVID-19 Vaccine Help List. Or just call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week!

We can help anyone 16 years or older find the right vaccine.

We can help you find:

  • Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • First and second doses.
  • Appointments at healthcare facilities, pharmacies and vaccine events.
  • Walk-up and drive-thru events.
  • Help with transportation to appointments and events.
  • Mobility assistance and language support at appointments and events.
  • In-home vaccine for people who can’t easily leave home.

Do you work in a business or with a group of people who want to get vaccinated? We can come to you. Call us at (253) 649-1412, and let’s make that happen!

Sill on the fence about the vaccine?

Many of your elected officials, business and civic leaders want you to get vaccinated, too. We’ve been hearing from many of them and featuring their stories. The resounding theme is “let’s vax up to open up!” The time to vaccinate is now!

They want what we all want: for all of Pierce County to get healthier, back to more of what we all love, and enjoy more mask-free living. COVID-19 vaccine is the key.

To return to more of what we love, we need to get as many eligible people as possible vaccinated for COVID-19. Help us get back on track. We need YOUR help.

This nurses’ week, honor nurses and show your community you care when you get  your COVID-19 vaccine—or encourage those you care about to do their part.

It’s also important to continue to take all the steps possible to prevent the spread of COVID:

Learn more at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.