Following the announcement that the Benton County Fairgrounds would be one of a number of regional 'mass vaccination' sites, this information was released Thursday afternoon.

Ben Shearer of the Pasco Fire Department issued this information:

"The vaccination Pod being set up at the Benton County Fairgrounds will be operational on Monday Jan 25 at 1 PM. However, this will be pending the arrival of the allotment of vaccine that is due to arrive that morning.

Please do not call or show up at the Fairgrounds this weekend looking for a shot in the arm.

We are expecting a large amount of people to show up on Monday. This is a regional vaccination site, so there will be people coming from many counties to get vaccinated. Be prepared to wait for some length of time in your car. Cars will be routed through the Fairgrounds parking lot and exit on the backside on to Oak. There is a 15 – 30 min wait time after you receive your vaccine, before you can leave. We are asking everyone to pre-register before arriving at the vaccine site. Pre-registering information will be available as soon as the state releases that information

In the meantime, please Visit Phasefinderwa.org to get your certificate showing you are eligible for getting a vaccine right now. You can also call the Vaccine hotline at 800-525-0127. During business hours, a live operator will help walk you through the process of finding out what phase you will be in, and when registration will be available."