“OLYMPIA — After a year of hunkering down through the COVID-19 pandemic, and months of deciphering complicated tiers and phases for who in Washington can get a vaccine, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday simplified things: everyone 16 years and older can go for a dose starting April 15.

The announcement is a dramatic expansion of vaccine eligibility, and it comes the same day that roughly two million Washingtonians, including manufacturing and food service workers, first become eligible for doses of their own.

Wednesday’s announcement would make an additional 1.2 million Washingtonians eligible for a dose by April 15, opening vaccines to the 6.3 million state residents ages 16 and older.

In a news conference, Inslee said state officials are confident in taking the step in part because federal vaccine allocations continue to increase and more people are getting vaccinated.

At the same time, in what the governor called a “dangerous situation,” many older people who have been eligible for months are not getting vaccinated.

About 27% of state residents 65 and older have not received any doses, according to Inslee’s office. That is more than 330,000 people who are particularly at risk to serious illness or death from the virus.”

Covid-19 Vaccine Available to all WA 15 April 2021!