Another week and another big promise from the Biden administration allows Oregon to speed up its coronavirus vaccination schedule again.
Gov. Kate Brown’s office announced Friday morning that frontline workers, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all adults 16 and older with underlying health conditions will be eligible for appointments. you for the vaccine from April 5. the previous timeline, which was announced last Friday. All adults in Oregon will be eligible for vaccines by May 1.
All adults in Oregon will be eligible for vaccines by May 1, but counties can apply to start vaccinating the general public earlier. Approved counties can begin vaccinating all Oregonians aged 16 and over as of April 26.
Miles Eshaia of UFCW Local 555 said only grocery store workers had quick access to the vaccine. “This is a step in the right direction because essential employees have been on the front lines of this pandemic all the time,” Eshaia said.
The announcement comes after President Joe Biden said he wanted 200 million COVID-19 vaccines administered before his 100th day in office.
“With so many counties across Oregon ready to begin the next round of vaccination, I am speeding up our vaccination timelines statewide rather than proceeding county by county,” Brown said in a press release.
Twenty-two counties wrote to the Oregon Health Authority last week, saying they had largely finished vaccinating all the seniors who wanted vaccines. This allowed those counties to move on to the next priority group – which includes adults 45 and older with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, homeless people and others – sooner than expected.
OHA director Patrick Allen said that by June, the state wants to vaccinate all adults in Oregon who want the vaccine.
Oregon had fully vaccinated 14% of its population by Friday. Two-thirds of Oregon’s seniors are fully vaccinated; the state ranks 35th in the country for immunization of the elderly. Oregon has reported nearly 163,000 cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 2,370 people.