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Covid Vaccination Continues This Weekend At Spokane Arena

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Spokane’s Covid vaccination site at the Arena will continue to inoculate people during the weekend and Monday.

Kelley Charvet from CHAS Health says the agency has improved its operational efficiency since a chaotic debut on Wednesday. At the end of today’s [Friday’s] operations, more than two thousand people have received their first dose of Moderna vaccine, getting in and out, on average, in less than a half hour. Several hundred more people have appointments for this weekend and Monday.

Charvet says CHAS is not making new appointments yet. She expects the provider will do that after it receives a new vaccine shipment on Monday.

“We’re waiting to confirm the specific number of doses before we get that schedule confirmed. That would mean how many we’re able to open up per day. That work will be done on Monday as soon as we see that shipment come in," she said.

Charvet says it’s likely that CHAS will have to route some of that shipment to inoculate customers who have Monday appointments.

The Department of Health this week announced that those vaccines should go only to Washington residents or out-of-staters who work in Washington. Charvet says CHAS is working on the honor system and not requiring proof of residency before signing people up for appointments. It is, however, requiring people who come to the Arena to show proof that they are in one of the categories of people eligible to be inoculated.