Pierce County officials have announced they are moving forward with plans to swiftly create three mass vaccination sites and several mobile locations in an effort to speed up the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations.

The County’s Department of Emergency Management has developed a rollout plan that calls for large-scale vaccination locations with a goal to have them up and running by the end of January, or as soon as the vaccine is available.

Based on Census data and early planning efforts, officials estimate the initiative will deliver 700,000 doses to 350,000 people (two each) in approximately seven months, depending on vaccine availability. The goal is to administer 4,600 vaccines a day at full capacity. This will augment the vaccination effort currently underway by pharmacies and healthcare providers.

The plan also includes up to eight mobile vaccination sites and “drop teams” that can bring vaccinations to those unable to travel to established sites, such as assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and other priority groups.

The initial weeks of the vaccination effort are estimated to cost $4 million, which is expected to be reimbursed by state or federal funding sources. Council will consider an emergency budget request at its 3 p.m. meeting on Jan. 19.