PORT ANGELES — Overwhelming demand for COVID-19 vaccines, has filled all the available spots for upcoming mass vaccination clinics in a matter of hours.

The county opened registration at the start of the business day Wednesday. In about three hours, every slot for the clinics to be held at Port Angeles High School the next two weekends were spoken for.

Clallam County Health officer Dr. Allison Berry Unthank says shortly after the reservation system went online this morning, demand caused it to become unstable and nearly crash as well.

The clinics are being held at Port Angeles High School, but they’re requiring people to register ahead of time to avoid large groups of people congregating at once during the clinics.

Unthank says she hopes to vaccinate 1000 people each weekend. She hopes to hold more of these clinics regularly as she says 50-thousand people will need to be vaccinated in Clallam County to reach local herd immunity.