Washington opens up eligibility to all adults on ‘Vax Day’ as experts worry of fourth coronavirus wave

SPOKANE, Wash. — ‘Vax day;’ we’ve all been waiting for it.

All adults 16 and older in Washington are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and Governor Inslee is urging all adults to do just that.

That’s because Washington is now reporting more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per day for the first time since February, and averaging 40 hospital admissions per day.

That’s compared to 30 per day last month.

“Unfortunately, there is a strong evidence of a fourth wave potentially developing in the state of Washington,” Governor Inslee said.

Thursday’s change in vaccine eligibility is especially good news for younger people, because they are driving this surge of infections.

People younger than 50 account for more than 75%of Spokane County’s reported cases in the last week.

Spencer Young is one 19-year-old who took advantage of the change Thursday as he got his first shot at the Spokane Arena, where the entire process was quick and easy.

“It wasn’t as busy as I thought it’d be, honestly,” Young said. “Not very long lines or anything like that.”

That’s been the case at the Arena for a couple weeks now, and despite Thursday’s eligibility change, plenty of appointments are still available in coming days.

The state’s vaccine locator site also shows several clinics around Spokane County with available appointments.

William Montgomery jumped on an appointment at the arena and was in and out within 20 minutes.

“It was really nice,” Montgomery said. “The little jab was definitely nothing compared to what I thought it was going to be.”

Everyone who gets that shot of protection can likely agree what they’re most excited for.

“It feels so good,” Montgomery said. “I haven’t really been able to hang out with anyone the last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to being able to once they’re vaccinated.”

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