Things are happening fast in Olympia right now.
This is a quick update on four items that are of huge interest to all of our families and communities:
- New vaccination eligibility for people in Washington state
- Local clinics opening to speed up vaccination efforts
- Aid to small businesses hurt by the pandemic
- The Washington Recovery Budget proposed by House Democrats
Starting on April 15, all people 16 and older are eligible for vaccinations
Gov. Jay Inslee announced this week that we are advancing the timetable for vaccinations.
If you are 16 or older, you can get the COVID vaccine starting April 15, and you no longer have to go through the eligibility screening process.
Vaccinations are the fastest way we can protect your family’s health and restore our economy. Please sign up today!
Local vaccination clinic
A new hub will open up at North Seattle College to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.
The site will start operations three days a week – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will administer about 1,170 shots per week. As the supply of the vaccine increases, the hub will add more days and hours up to a maximum of 6,400 shots a week.
You can go online to sign up for the vaccination notification list, or call the Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-2489 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with interpretation available.
Aid to small businesses
The state is now accepting applications for Round Four of aid to small businesses hurt by the pandemic.
Visit commercegrants.com to apply.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on April 9.
Washington Recovery Budget
During the Great Recession, we learned that massive budget cuts — austerity economics — only lead to more cuts, layoffs, and economic pain.
The right way to bounce back from a recession is to give people the help they need as quickly as possible.
We are taking this approach by proposing a Washington Recovery Budget to get our economy back on track. This approach prioritizes families, small businesses, and those who have suffered disproportionate harm from the pandemic.
Keep in touch
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and feel free to get in touch with my office to share any comments or questions.
I hope you find this information useful–and I wish you and your family the best as we work hard to win the fight against this COVID pandemic.