SPOKANE, Wash.-- In the face of budget cuts, the Spokane County Health District is cutting services it has provided for decades.
Doors are scheduled to close at the Public Health Clinic in March. It provides travel vaccines and immunizations. The district decided closing the clinic is the best way to make up for a $275,000 budget shortfall.
Originally, the clinic was opened to provide services the public could not get anywhere else. But, experts said so many pharmacies are now offering the same services, it was time for the government to step out of the way.
The clinic closure also means about 5% of the district’s employees, a total of 10 people, will lose their jobs. Some of those employees will be relocated to open positions elsewhere in the district.
The clinic will close March 27.