Spokane Arena mass vaccination site to close Thursday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The mass vaccination site at the Spokane Arena will close on Thursday. 

It comes as the Washington Department of Health transitions their focus on the state-led mass vaccination effort from stationary sites to mobile vaccination clinics. In a statement, the DOH said this new phase of vaccine outreach will “help the state reach people who have experienced barriers in vaccine access and help distribute life-saving shots more equitably and conveniently across the state of Washington.” 

The site has been open since January, offering both Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines, and was originally one of four mass sites operated by the state. Since opening, the site has provided more than 75,500 vaccinations have been administered. 

The closure also comes as Washington state prepares to reopen. Governor Jay Inslee said Washington will reopen by June 30 or earlier should 70 percent of Washingtonians 16 and older initiate vaccination. As of Tuesday, 67.2 percent of people have had their first dose. 

People looking to get vaccinated can still visit the site through Thursday without an appointment needed.

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