Washington residents 16+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 15

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced that beginning on April 15th, all residents of the state 16 years and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Currently, Washington has reached Phase 1B - Tier 4 of their vaccine distribution plan, meaning that those who fit a select criteria are eligible for the vaccine, but now beginning mid April, anyone 16 years and older in Washington who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. 

According to the governor's office, one of the reasons for expanding eligibility is due to a "disturbing trend of rising cases in many parts of our state." They also say that the federal government has told them that they will continue to see increased dose allocations.