SALEM, Ore. -- Frontline workers will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting on April 5 under an accelerated timeline announced Friday morning. That's two weeks earlier than previously planned.
Also eligible on that date will be multigenerational household members and people with underlying health conditions, Gov. Kate Brown said.
This comes as roughly than 70 percent of seniors have already been vaccinated across the state and vaccine supplies from the federal government continue to increase.
“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, Pacific Islander, Tribal and communities of color,” Brown said. “With so many counties across Oregon ready to begin the next phases of vaccination, I am accelerating our vaccination timelines statewide rather than proceeding county-by-county.
“And, with increased supplies, expanding eligibility will allow health care providers and community-based organizations to be more efficient in their efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities," Brown said.
All Oregonians over the age of 16 will become eligible to get vaccinated no later than May 1.