PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee said Washington state is vaccinating 24,000 people per day on average.
He said he was very pleased with the progress, as it was a 10,000 increase in doses per day.
“We still have a long ways to go, and many days to get there with the number of people we need to vaccinate,” he said.
There are more than 800,000 people who are eligible but haven’t received the vaccine yet because there aren’t enough doses available. Inslee said the challenge is with getting more doses from the federal government.
“We simply do not have enough doses,” he said.
Last Thursday, Inslee said that the state is ranking 13th in the nation for total vaccinations. Earlier in the week, he announced anyone over the age of 65 living in the state of Washington is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Health officials are also opening up four new mass vaccination sites in Washington this week with help from the state’s National Guard and local and private sector partners.
The sites are in Ridgefield, Kennewick, Wenatchee and Spokane and are available by appointment only for those who are pre-registered and eligible for the vaccine under the state’s Phase 1A or 1B-1.
The initial goal for the state is to have enough vaccine to give about 500 vaccinations at each site every day and then to ramp up from there.