OLYMPIA – COVID-19 After a year of hiatus and months of deciphering the complex levels and phases of those who can get vaccines in Washington, Gov. Ayse Inslin eased things on Wednesday. Anyone 16 years of age or older can take the dose from April 15.
The announcement is a sharp extension of vaccine jurisdiction; it comes on the same day that nearly two million Washingtonians, including manufacturing and food service workers, are first hired for their own doses.
The announcement on Wednesday will force an additional 1.2 million Washington residents to receive the eligible dose by April 15, opening vaccines for 6.3 million people over the age of 16.
At a news conference, Inslee said government officials were confident they would take part in the move, as federal vaccine allocations continue to rise and more people are being vaccinated.
At the same time, the governor, who called it a “dangerous situation”, many elderly people, who have the right for months, are not vaccinated.
According to the Inslee office, about 27% of people in the 65-year-old high state did not receive any doses. That’s more than 330,000 people who are particularly at risk of serious illness or death from the virus.
“Not getting vaccinated is a dangerous situation, especially if you are over 65 today,” Inslin said. He urged people to talk to older family members and encourage vaccinations.
More than a dozen countries have been preparing to expand their vaccine coverage to all adults this week. California officials recently announced that starting April 15, they will also open doses for people 16 years of age and older.
At the same time, the flattening of coronavirus cases in Washington, D.C., the recent rise in King’s County, worries health officials about a possible fourth wave of infections.
State health officials on Wednesday reported 1,271 new cases of the coronavirus in Washington, for a total of 364,486, and նոր 10 new deaths, for a total of 5,247. 17% of Washington’s 7.65 million people are fully vaccinated against the virus.
In a statement Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Dur Eni Durkan stressed that demand continues to outstrip supply in and around Seattle, and that vaccine suppliers should continue to focus on vulnerable communities.
But, “Praise. “Inslee’s decision to open vaccines will reduce the confusion in our communities, help our state cities, hospitals, and health care providers vaccinate more people as soon as possible,” Durka said in a statement.
He said Seattle was now capable of firing 168,000 shots a week, and the city was “ready to significantly expand our vaccination efforts.” A fourth city-specific immunization site was launched at North Seattle College this week.
Cassie Sauer, president and CEO of the Washington State Hospitals Association, said Wednesday that supplies would continue to be a problem but that suppliers would be able to handle the load as supplies increased and the authority opened up.
In recent days, it has become a little easier for those who have the right to discontinue the vaccine. It may get a little tougher as the floodgates open, but Sauer said people need to remember the big picture.
“Some people will definitely have to wait a few weeks to make an appointment, but they will get one soon,” he said. For a long time, he said, officials had predicted that everyone could get the vaccine by September or later.
“It’s really hard to think about how you do the stages, how you get the vaccine as much as possible,” Sauer said. “I think the governor was very smart about how he did it gradually to make sure that people at risk of hospitalization or death could cross the line.”
Nathan Schlicher, president of the Washington State Medical Association, said he hoped the supply of vaccines would allow everyone to be filmed by the end of May.
“Not everyone will be able to get a shot tomorrow just because they have the right to comply with the new guidelines,” Schlitzer said. “At the moment we have a demand that goes beyond our supply; it has been for some time, but we have been able to fill our vaccine clinics to make sure we can use every dose of the vaccine. »
He advised vaccine seekers to check with their health care providers, county health departments, and the state vaccine find site.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Secretary of State for Health Dr. Umayr Shah said that people were not allowed to make appointments until they had the right to shoot.
“Because we are still trying to make sure we can get people who are eligible for the vaccine right now,” he said.
Many more people were eligible for doses on Wednesday as the state opened vaccine prescriptions for those in stages 1B and Tiers 3 և 4.
It has empowered all 60 քաղաքացին Washington citizens, as well as 16-year-olds with two or more basic health conditions.
In addition, catering, restaurant, construction and manufacturing workers became eligible on Wednesday. Similarly, the vaccine became available to people who work, volunteer, or live in a community. These include state prisons, group homes, and places where homeless people receive or live services.
On Tuesday, a legal aid group filed a lawsuit against the penitentiary administration, demanding immediate doses for inmates in state jails.
Vaccination attempts in Washington have hampered slow spread and a lack of focus on key logistics.
As those issues were resolved ումը the supply of federal vaccines increased, Inslee և state officials repeatedly speeded up the schedule by empowering larger groups of people ahead of schedule.
Still, Wednesday’s Inslee decision to open vaccines for everyone is a turning point from last week. Asked if the vaccine could be extended to all adults at a news conference on March 25, Inslee said there had been no discussion until May 1.
“We want to make sure that the people who are most at risk … have priority,” Inslin told a news conference. “We still have people with co-morbidities who are at greater risk of death, a much higher risk of death than, say, younger, healthier people.”