OHA updates vaccine timeline & explains pharmacy appointments

Details on what the current timeline for vaccinations are looking like and how to make appointments through pharmacies.

Posted: Feb 13, 2021 1:43 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2021 5:15 PM

SALEM, Ore.-- Oregon Health Authority gave updates on the current vaccination timeline for eligible residents across the state. As of Saturday, 70 percent of those eligible (phase 1A, educators and elderly over 80 years old) have been administered their first dose of the vaccine.

OHA director Pat Allen said some allocations were redirected this week.

"This week we shifted some of our allocations from educators to certain counties that reported ongoing demand for the remaining people in phase 1A," Allen said.

Three weeks ago, OHA anticipated vaccinating around 59 percent of all educators across Oregon. However, their current status for this group is at 50 percent. Despite the adjustments made, Allen said the state is still on track.

"17 counties across Oregon have requested 100 doses or less to vaccinate the remaining educators, early learning employees and childcare workers,"Allen said.

The federal retail pharmacy program is also in effect this week. This is in collaboration with the federal government, states and retail pharmacies to expand vaccination opportunities.

27 out of 36 counties in Oregon will have participating locations. The participating retailers include Albertsons, Safeway, Costco and Health Mart.

Albertsons/Safeway director of pharmacy operations Stephen Certo said their websites are offering an online tool to schedule appointments. It can be found HERE.

Those without internet access can call their local Albertsons, Safeway, Costco or Health Mart pharmacies to schedule an appointment.

Seniors over the age of 75 will become eligible for the vaccine starting Monday, February 15th.

Currently, Oregon ranks 17th in the nation for total population vaccination.

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