Experts push for younger people to get vaccinated as rising cases likely forcing Spokane County back to Phase 2

SPOKANE, Wash. — Unlike what we’re seeing on the west side of Washington and other parts of the country, the COVID-19 vaccine is available all across Spokane County.

Now, health experts are trying to show everyone why it’s worth it to get that shot.

“We know that masked, fully vaccinated people can safely attend worship services inside, go to an indoor restaurant or bar, and even participate in an indoor exercise class,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Spokane is desperate to vaccinate its younger population, because those people are putting the county at severe risk of falling back to Phase 2.

Eastern Washington University is joining several other local schools in setting up a vaccine clinic on campus Monday, May 3.

In the last seven days, 75% of cases reported across Spokane come from people younger than 50. People between 10–29 years old account for 41% of cases.

That’s impacting the county’s metrics needed to stay in Phase 3 as Spokane is failing both.

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The case rate is at 299, which is well over the state’s goal of 200 cases per 100,000 people.

COVID-related hospital visits are well above the goal of 5 per 100,000 people in the last seven days with Spokane sitting at 8.6.

“For those who haven’t gotten their vaccination, especially if you’re younger or think you don’t need it, this is another good reason to go get vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said as the CDC eased outdoor masking guidance.

The good news is those most at-risk of this virus are getting their shot in Washington.

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So, far 68% of people older than 65 in Washington are fully vaccinated, and 55% of people older than 50 have gotten at least one dose.

“The bottom line is clear; if you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely both outdoors as well as indoors,” President Biden said.