TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Benton-Franklin Health District is aiming to make Covid-19 vaccines more accessible by having multiple pop-up clinics around the area. Pasco Fire Department has been assisting with this project and with spreading awareness of the importance of the vaccine.

Ben Sheerer with the PFD says, "People are worried about how fast it came out, but again reality is, this is a variety of a SARS virus which has been around for years and years. Research has been going on for a long time and we're learning how vaccines work better. Risk is out there, no matter what we do. Driving across town to go do our grocery shopping or get out to that restaurant is a risk. Vaccines are actually a lower risk than a lot of the other normal risks we take day to day. I know people say 'Oh, there's a risk of this and a risk of that.' But the reality is, life is a risk no matter what we do, and the risk of catching the virus or passing it to a loved one who might be compromised in one way or another is a lot higher than the risk of the vaccine."

There are a few more pop-up clinics this week, including Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Volunteer park in Pasco, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasco Farmers Market, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CBC.

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