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Vaccine Eligibility Timeline Accelerates

3 million more doses headed to Oregon

3/23/2021, 2 p.m.
After prioritizing seniors 65 and older, educators and other priority groups in the latest COVID-19 vaccinations, new eligibility timelines are ...
Four Portland area healthcare systems, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU and Providence, are working side by side to operate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center that sees more than 5,200 patients each day, one of the highest vaccination sites in the country. Photo courtesy Metro

After prioritizing seniors 65 and older, educators and other priority groups in the latest COVID-19 vaccinations, new eligibility timelines are coming into focus which will allow many more people to receive the potentially life-saving shot.

Gov. Kate Brown accelerated Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility timeline last week in order for vulnerable populations to receive shots ahead of May 1, when all adults are now scheduled to become eligible, nationwide.

At a news conference Friday, state health officials said that they expect to receive approximately 3.3 million doses by the end of May — enough vaccine to give every adult Oregonian their first shot.

“Until recently, in these news conferences, we’ve talked about our limited vaccine supplies and the prospect that it could take until late fall before we reached community immunity,” Patrick Allen, the director of the health authority, said. “Now it’s possible every adult in Oregon could be vaccinated within 10 weeks. That’s an extraordinary turnaround.

Counties that have largely completed vaccinating residents who are 65 or older were allowed to begin administering shots to the next eligible groups on Monday, along with migrant and seasonal farmworkers working in the county.

Beginning March 29, those eligible for the vaccine will be people 45-64 with underlying health conditions, migrant and seasonal farm workers, seafood and agricultural workers, food processing workers, people living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living, homeless people, people displaced by the 2020 wildfires, wildland firefighters and pregnant people 16 and older.

On April 19, frontline workers, multigenerational household members, and people 16 to 44 with underlying health conditions will be eligible. Frontline workers include grocery store employees, restaurant workers, members of the media and public transit workers will also qualify.

“So, will we have the vaccines to administer more than 2 million adults who’ll become eligible to get vaccinated over the next 2 months? Yes, if the federal government comes through at the levels of vaccines we’ve projected, based on the national numbers the administration has released,” Allen said.

As of Friday, 938,900 Oregonians had received at least one vaccination with about 12% of Oregonians having been fully vaccinated.

Currently, four Portland area healthcare systems, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU and Providence, are working side by side to operate an All for Oregon COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center that sees more than 5,200 patients each day, one of the highest vaccination sites in the country. The site is ready to scale up even more as more vaccines are produced and distributed.

To get contacted about when a COVID vaccine appointment is available for each category of distribution and when available for your particular group, you can sign up for a notification by visiting the Intenet site getvaccinated.oregon.gov or call 211 for vaccine registration information.