Mass vaccination site at Spokane Arena still awaiting vaccine supply, on track to open Wednesday

SPOKANE, Wash. — The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Spokane Arena will open two days later than anticipated.

A spokesperson with CHAS Health says, despite a joint effort between quite a few local groups, they’re still waiting on a crucial piece of the plan; the vaccine itself. The site should be operational on Wednesday.

“The number of patients we are able to serve will be dependent upon supply and individuals will have to register for an appointment time in advance,” the spokesperson said. There is no walk-up option available.

“The Arena staff has been very helpful in assisting us in getting the location ready for Wednesday,” the spokesperson said.

Chief Brian Schaeffer with the Spokane Fire Department says his team is ready to jump in and help out- as soon as they get the call. Their paramedics are all able to give the vaccine and he hopes that, once the doors of the Spokane Arena open, they can be a part of the process.

“This is going to be a test of the system no doubt- it will push our expectations probably to the limit, but failure isn’t an option,” said Schaeffer. “We have no other option here but to get out and vaccinate as many people as possible.”

Chief Schaeffer says there are still more hurdles ahead. It will be a community effort to help those who are isolated, who don’t have internet access, and those who may not be in contact with their health provider.

More information about the vaccination site is expected early next week.