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Oregon to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for seniors on Monday — but there’s a ‘but’

Oregon Health Authority: There aren't yet enough doses for all who want it

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Starting next Monday, Oregonians age 80 and older can begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine -- but as it ramps up distribution, the Oregon Health Authority warned Wednesday that there will be more seniors wanting the shot than doses now available.

"The Oregon Health Authority is committed to getting all older Oregonians vaccinated," the agency said late Wednesday, but added: "There will be more seniors who want to get vaccinated than there will be vaccines available to them." 

Here's the rest of the OHA's initial information: 

When will you be eligible?

Everyone 65 and older will be eligible for vaccine by the end of February. Here are dates that each age group becomes eligible for the vaccine: 

Who When Number of Oregonians Phase 
80 and older February 8, 2021 ~168,000 1B, Group 2 
75 and older February 15, 2021 ~134,000 1B, Group 3 
70 and older February 22, 2021 ~206,000 1B, Group 4 
65 and older March 1, 2021 ~258,000 1B, Group 5

Next week, OHA said it will launch a new tool that will allow people to determine if they are eligible for a vaccine and register to get email alerts or text notifications about vaccine events in their area.

The tool will be open to all Oregonians, and information will be available in 11 languages. We will provide information about how to access the tool in Coronavirus Update after it goes live. 

In the meantime, Oregonians can: 

  • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (TTY: dial 711 or call 1-866-698-6155) 

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  1. The headline says there is a big ‘but’, but the article never spells out what it is. I assume it is the reality that there are not enough vaccines actually available, but the article is not clear about that.

  2. Great, meanwhile 66 Oregonians, have died since they started vaccinating the educators of Oregon 77% of those deaths were over the age of 70, it should be an eye opener, to see who’s lives the State thinks are more important, I do not think with the average age of educators in the state of Oregon being approx. 56, that it was a wise choice to sacrifice the elderly, who knows how many could have been lives total could have been saved with better decision making. Of course, these educators will be voting long after these elderly have passed. Shame on, Queen Brown, and her court who are the ones making these life and death decisions.

  3. This is a s___show. Let’s keep blaming past administration for this. In reality Oregon is lead by a woman that is qualified to be a secretary somewhere.

  4. What about St.Charles’ email that said no more vaccines for Deschutes county like 2 days ago?

    ” The bad news

    The state, which controls distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, is not sending us more first-doses this week. Instead, OHA is redirecting most doses to health systems in the Portland area that are continuing to vaccinate those in the first phases. We are unsure when new first doses will be allocated to us, but we expect this situation could continue for the next several weeks. ”

  5. They need to COMPLETELY stop writing, printing ANYTHING until they know for fact what is happening. All this BS is confusing the hell out of every one!!!!!!!!

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