Vaccine rollout on track despite slow week.

"We don't expect these problems will have a long-term impact on our vaccination schedule."

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 12:58 PM

SALEM, Ore.-- Although snow slowed vaccine rollout this week, Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, says he does not think it will slow vaccine distribution in the long run.

Allen says seniors 70 and older can sign up for vaccine appointments starting Monday, and those 65 and older will be able to a week after.

Winter weather in the south forced the cancellation of mass vaccination events throughout the state and delayed shipments of the Moderna vaccine. However Allen is not straying from the original plan,

"We don't expect these problems will have a long-term impact on our vaccination schedule," Allen said.

As of Thursday, 79 percent of the vaccines allotted to Oregon have been used and 5% of the population have been fully vaccinated.

However, Allen said he is not happy with the racial disparity in the vaccine distribution thus far. Hispanics make up 13 percent of Oregon's population but have only received 5 percent of vaccines. African and Native Americans have each received around 2 percent of vaccines, also disproportionately low to the population.  

When it comes to returning kids to in-person learning, Brown reiterated her expectation to return to the classroom in some capacity for all elementary schools by the end of April.

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