Washington's next phase of vaccinations will begin later this month.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that, based on current vaccination trajectories, the state could enter the next tier of vaccinations on March 22.

That next tier, Phase 1B2, makes a half dozen more groups eligible for vaccination — largely essential employees who work in congregate settings. It includes:

Workers in agriculture and food processing.
Grocery store workers.
Public transit employees.
First responders, law enforcement, and firefighters.
Corrections employees at jails and detention centers.

Critically, 1B2 also includes anyone 16 and older who is either pregnant or has a disability that puts them at higher risk.

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