SPOKANE, Wash. — In an effort to celebrate COVID-19 vaccinations and offer incentives for shots in Spokane County, the mass vaccine site at the Spokane Arena is hosting four "Vaccination Happy Hour" events in May and June.
The events will take place at the Arena from 5-7 p.m. on May 25, and June 2, 8 and 16. They will include free food from local vendors, music and giveaways — including random drawings for tickets to upcoming concerts at the Arena. People who attend the events can also participate in "I’m Vaccinated" photo ops with the Spokane Shock's mascot, Shox the Fox, and the Spokane Chiefs’ Boomer.
Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), Greater Spokane, Inc. (GSI), Washington Department of Health (DOH) and the Spokane Public Facilities District (SPFD) combined resources to make the events happen, according to a press release from SRHD.
Tickets to live, in-person entertainment events will be given away by SPFD on the following Vaccination Happy Hour days:
- May 25: Dude Perfect
- June 2: Eric Church
- June 8: The Weeknd
- June 16: Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean will perform at the Arena on Sept. 16, 2021, followed by Dude Perfect on Nov. 4. Eric Church will make a stop at the Arena on April 16, 2022 and the Weeknd will perform at the venue on April 30.
The mass vaccination site is administering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is available to people ages 18 and over. People can schedule an appointment online or simply walk in to one of the Vaccination Happy Hour events. Appointments can also be made by calling 833-VAX-HELP.
"Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should be celebrated,” SRHD Interim Health Officer Dr. Francisco Velazquez said. “With the vaccine readily available, we now have the tool we need to fight the virus, keep our friends and family healthy, and return to a normal life.”