PORTLAND, Ore. – Despite plans to have 100,000 Oregonians vaccinated by the New Year, officials with the Oregon Health Authority now say it’s expected to take weeks.
The delay is due in part to the time it took to get the vaccine distributed, OHA said, adding that while the state has enough doses of the vaccine to hit the 100,000 mark by the end of the year, that is not likely to happen.
Moving forward, OHA said it will have more outlets for people to be vaccinated, such as local public health departments and eventually pharmacies. This means the speed of the vaccination process is expected to continue rising.
OHA said vaccine uptake among hospital workers and residents of long-term care facilities has been very high.