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Governor updates vaccination eligibility timeline

Gov. Kate Brown announced an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline Friday, with Phase 1b eligibility scheduled to begin on March 29.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 2:21 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 3:35 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown announced an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline Friday, with Phase 1b eligibility scheduled to begin on March 29.

This phase will be for adults ages 45 to 64 who have one or more underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC. This phase also includes seasonally-impacted frontline workers, families displaced by wildfires, wildland firefighters, people in low-income or congregate senior housing and individuals experiencing homeless.

Until March 29, Oregon will continue vaccinating only senior citizens, educators, adults in custody and any others in Phase 1a.

The governor also announced that Oregon will be receiving vaccination support through new federal staff and resources from FEMA.

"By summer, provided supplies from the federal government continue as planned, any Oregonian who wants the vaccine will be eligible to receive it," Brown said. "And while that gives us all a reason to breathe a sigh of relief, it should also serve as a reminder that the finish line is in sight, and we cannot let up.

"New variants of this virus still threaten our communities. While infection rates continue to plummet here in Oregon and across the country, we’re not out of the woods just yet. We must continue to make smart choices around the safety measures we know work: keep wearing your masks, physical distancing and limiting social gatherings."

On May 1, remaining frontline workers become eligible, as well as people ages 16 to 45 with one or more underlying health and people in multigenerational households.

The schedule is based on recommendations from the state Vaccine Advisory Committee. Its goal is to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, and Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities. The committee recommended prioritizing Oregonians with underlying conditions and frontline workers for vaccination.

Here is a detailed list of upcoming vaccine eligibility:

Beginning March 29, the following groups of Oregonians will be eligible for vaccination:

• Adults age 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC
• Seasonally-impacted frontline workers, such as migrant seasonal farm workers, seafood and agricultural workers, and food processing workers
• Currently-displaced victims of the September 2020 wildfires
• Wildland firefighters
• People living in low-income and congregate senior housing
• Individuals experiencing houselessness

No later than May 1, the following groups of Oregonians will be eligible:

• All other frontline workers as defined by the CDC
• Individuals age 16-45 with underlying health conditions
• Multigenerational household members

No later than June 1, Phase 2 of vaccination will begin with all adults aged 45 to 64. And, no later than July 1, all Oregonians 16 and over will be eligible to receive a vaccine.

Additional information about Oregon’s vaccine sequencing is available here. More information on the state's vaccine program is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

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