Vaccinations could become a free-for-all, experts warn

Only a third of Oregonians 65 and older are fully vaccinated, lower than the national average.

Posted: Mar 30, 2021 6:19 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2021 7:28 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – At a forum at Oregon State University, some experts warned COVID-19 vaccinations could become a free-for-all once more people become eligible.

The state has accelerated the eligibility timeline with all Oregonians 16 and older expected to be eligible May 1.

Some experts say there’s not enough supply to meet demand and said health care workers, volunteers and people who give out the shots are becoming overworked.

All of this could spell trouble, especially for those who are most vulnerable to the virus.

“That strikes me as a very inefficient way to do your vaccine allocation. If we had enough vaccines for everyone, that would be a different thing, but we don’t,” said OSU specialist in medical ethics Courtney Campbell.

Another area of concern is seniors. Just 32% of those 65 and older in Oregon are fully vaccinated. That’s lower than the national average of about 46%.

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