June 30, 2021 — At its Spring Meeting, the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) awarded the Port of Grays Harbor the 2021 Creative Partnership Award for their community collaboration in establishing a mass vaccination site in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Port of Grays Harbor partnered with the Grays Harbor County Public Health COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT), Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Summit Pacific Medical Center, Pasha Automotive Services, and many others to standup one of the state’s first mass vaccination sites at the end of January.

A tremendous amount of coordination and communication from an array of local and regional partners went into the success of the site that could perform nearly 1,000 vaccinations per day, without the vaccine recipient ever leaving their vehicle.  Local partners that made this possible include the cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, including their fire and police departments, Grays Harbor County Law Enforcement Agencies, Grays Harbor County Fire and EMS Agencies, the US Coast Guard, the Grays Harbor College Nursing Program, and hundreds of community volunteers.

Check out this video for a look at the operation: