Gov. Brown and OHA announce another acceleration of vaccine eligibility timelines
Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced another acceleration of vaccine eligibility in a press release Friday in response to efficient vaccine distribution and increasing vaccine supplies from the federal government. Phase 1B Group 7, which includes frontline workers and all adults with underlying health conditions, will be eligible two weeks before regularly scheduled.
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On March 19, Brown and the OHA announced their first acceleration which stated that Phase 1B Group 6 will be eligible on March 29, Phase 1B Group 7 will be eligible on April 19 and that all adults will be eligible by May 1.
Brown and OHA further accelerated the Phase 1B Group 7 eligibility date on Friday to no later than April 5, according to OHA. Eligible persons in Group 7 include frontline health workers defined by the CDC, individuals living in multigenerational households and adults 16+ with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk. Patrick Allen, director of OHA, said in a media conference:
“In keeping with Oregon’s commitment to equity, this change gives frontline workers and other Group 7 populations more time to get vaccinated. It also ensures that counties that have seen a plateau in demand among older adults can continue to put shots in arms at a rapid pace.”
As announced previously, all adults will be eligible no later than May 1. However, counties can send in applications to attest that they are ready to vaccinate all adults before May 1. Applications are due on April 15 and decisions will be announced by April 22. Allen said:
“In counties that have been approved, everyone 16 and up could be eligible for a vaccine as early as April 26.”
In a press release, Brown highlighted the importance of vaccinating vulnerable communities.
“As we vaccinate our frontline workers and all Oregonians with underlying health conditions, we will work to make sure vaccines reach the communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19: Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal and communities of color.”