Gov. Brown and OHA announce new vaccine eligibility timelines
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an acceleration of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility timelines in a press conference Friday. Assuming the federal government delivers the expected vaccine allotment, all adult Oregonians will be eligible to receive a vaccine by May 1.
Beginning March 22, migrant seasonal farm workers in the fields will be eligible for the vaccine. That same day, counties can attest to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that they have completed vaccinations for their current eligible populations. This will prove to OHA that they are ready to begin vaccinating all adults 45 years old and older with underlying health conditions.
According to the OHA, 13 Oregon counties have submitted attestations signaling that they are ready to expand vaccine eligibility groups. The 13 counties are Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Umatilla and Union as of March 22.
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On March 29, the state will move to Phase 1B Group 6. This group includes adults over 45 years old with underlying health conditions, people in low-income senior housing, people experiencing houselessness, people displaced by wildfires and more.
On April 19, Phase 1B Group 7 will become eligible for the vaccine, which includes frontline workers, multigenerational household members and adults over 16 with underlying health conditions.
Brown said in her press conference:
“The Oregon Health Authority tells me that, provided supplies come in from the federal government as anticipated, we expect to have enough doses for every Oregonian who wants a vaccine to have the opportunity for at least a first dose by the end of May.”
According to the New York Times, Oregon has given about 24% of its population the first dose and about 14% are fully vaccinated.
Patrick Allen, director of the OHA, expects to cross the threshold of a million vaccines administered by this week, Brown said. That equates to about one in three Oregonians. According to Allen, as of March 18, approximately 58% of all Oregon seniors have been vaccinated.
See a full summary of Oregon’s vaccination timelines here