VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Vancouver on Friday, touring a school, a Boys and Girls Club and a vaccination clinic.
Washington’s governor toured Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary school in the late morning and talked with Vancouver’s school leaders. Then he went to a Boys and Girls Club for a tour.
“I was so impressed with the innovation,” Inslee said of the school.
Earlier this week, Inslee decided to allow Washington state to open up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and older starting on April 15.
Inslee had previously resisted expanding eligibility too quickly, saying that he wanted to ensure those most at risk were vaccinated first and noting that eligibility didn’t guarantee vaccination right away and would depend on supply.
But he said Wednesday that the federal government’s assurances of increased allocations, plus concerns about rising cases in many parts of the state, led to the decision to open up eligibility sooner.