Younger people driving possible COVID-19 surge as Washington prepares to open up vaccine eligibility

SPOKANE, Wash. — On the eve of Washington allowing all adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine, health experts also have their eyes on a potential fourth wave of infections.

“It’s not just about vaccines, it’s about the behaviors people can do right now,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist of the Washington Department of Health (DOH).

Spokane County reported more than 100 cases on five of the last seven days.

Washington’s cases are up almost 30 percent.

As we’ve often seen during this pandemic, younger people are driving this surge.

“Lots of people in this younger age group are at all the places where the outbreaks are; bars, restaurants and travel,” Dr. Lindquist said.

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About 76 percent of Spokane’s County cases in the last week are from people younger than 50.

In fact, 20 year-olds are the most concerning, accounting for 31 percent of those cases.

“We need to take it seriously,” Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Shah said. “Some of our trends, like transmission, look very similar to where we were at the start of November as the third wave began.”

That’s why the Spokane Regional Health District is focusing on messaging towards those younger people will take advantage of being eligible for the vaccine April 15.

If you’re about to get your shot, there some side effects to look out for.

You might have some arm soreness, a headache or feel fatigued.

If you catch a fever, then you should check in with your provider just to make sure nothing else is wrong. Any side effects should only last about 24 to 36 hours.

If you have a history of allergies, call your doctor before getting vaccinated.

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