Loudoun vaccine site

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s Captain Gregory Zalenski recently receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the county’s vaccination site in the Dulles area.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors directed county staff Jan. 19 to execute a lease for a location at the Dulles Town Center to operate a full-scale COVID-19 vaccination point of dispensing, or pod.

County staff said the lease, while not fully negotiated, is estimated to be between $2 million to $2.2 million plus operating expenses during an eight-month period. The operating expenses are expected not to exceed $1 million. The site is located east of Route 28.

The proposed pod would serve as the county’s second location offering “ideal access to all and is capable of expanding to meet the vaccination demand of Loudoun County,” a county staff report said.

Additionally, county staff said the site can house all the operations to include multiple vaccination pods, materials and vaccines, thereby minimizing the logistical delays currently being experienced.

The proposed pod would be an upgrade compared to the Sterling location. County staff said while the current location was ideal for initial start-up, it provides limitations to access for the full spectrum of the population.

The current site is also not scalable and limits vaccinations to about 550 to 600 per day. In order to accelerate the vaccination rate for the Loudoun County population, a facility needs to be secured with sufficient space to accommodate multiple functions and operations.

Staff said it could execute the lease within a week and work to get the pod operational within a few weeks. The lease rent and expenses would come out of the county’s COVID-19 funding.

Loudoun has administered 23,141 doses and fully vaccinated 2,733 people as of Jan. 27, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The totals include people vaccinated with one or two doses of a two-dose vaccine, including doses administered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pharmacy Partnership with long-term care facilities.

Loudoun County Public Schools started vaccinating its 11,000 employees on Jan. 14.

As of Jan. 22, Loudoun has 19,508 total COVID-19 cases, 173 deaths and a percent positivity rate of 13.4 percent, far above the goal of 5 percent.

VDH reported 488,553 total cases as of Jan. 27 and 6,228 deaths in the state.Related: Health department launches online vaccine pre-screening survey

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