Spokane Arena site offering walk-up vaccinations Thursday

SPOKANE, Wash. — If you are looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can get one Thursday at the Spokane Arena site without making an appointment.

The mass vaccination site is offering walk-up Moderna vaccinations Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

You must be eligible under the state’s current vaccine phase to receive one. That includes high risk health care workers, first responders, anyone 60 and older, people 16 and older who are pregnant or have two comorbidities, as well as people working in congregate living settings, correctional facilities, prison, agriculture, food processing and grocery stores.

In one week, vaccine eligibility will expand to all Washingtonians 16 and older. The latest data show nearly 3.8 million doses have been been administered across the state in recent weeks.

Some people saw how easy the entire process was Thursday.

“Normally I work from home and I was running into town from the offices, and even running late, but it doesn’t matter it was just awesome,” Rebecca Graybeal said.

Safeway Pharmacy is helping the Department of Health run that site at the Arena.

41,000 doses have been given there since January, and that’s only expected to keep growing.

“We’ve been able to increase the number of appointments available, allowing us to take care more of the citizens in the greater Spokane area quicker than we would be able to otherwise,” Safeway Pharmacy Manager Robert Queen said.

He’s hoping more people start taking advantage of the open appointments, because there hasn’t been much traffic in recent days.

“Really empty, shocked at how empty it is,” Graybeal said, “People just really need to come down and do it.”

Walk-ins won’t be available everyday as it depends on the amount of appointments booked each day.

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