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Washington Opens Covid Vaccinations To New Group On Wednesday

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Washington state on Wednesday will open Covid vaccinations to a new group of people.

Those who are 16 or older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions will be eligible. They join workers who are 50 or older who work in high-risk settings as the latest to be allowed to make appointments for vaccine shots.

The Washington Department of Health says everyone 16 or older who wants to be inoculated will be eligible on May 1. Some states have moved that date up to April 15 or even earlier.

Governor Jay Inslee says he’s not ready to do that yet.

“We want to make sure that the people who are most at risk in the vaccine have the prioritization. So we still have people with co-morbidities that are at higher risk of death, much higher risk of death than younger, healthy people," he said.

Idaho Governor Brad Little announced last week that all Idahoans, older than 16, will be eligible next Monday [4/5], and today [Monday] for those with at least one medical occupation. The Idaho Panhandle Health District says it will vaccinate any North Idaho resident older than 16 who makes an appointment.