Vaccination of older Oregonians pushed back

Now, it could be another two weeks before older Oregonians are able to be vaccinated.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 1:28 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 7:27 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Older Oregonians will have to wait a bit longer to get their COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown announced in a press conference Friday.

The change comes as Brown revealed Oregon and other states will not be receiving increased shipments of COVID-19 vaccines next week because there are no federal reserve doses available. She said she was "shocked."

Plans to vaccinate people 65 and older alongside educators emerged earlier this week after the federal government reportedly promised to send additional doses.

Now, it could be another two weeks before older Oregonians are able to be vaccinated. Brown said Oregonians 80 and up will start being vaccinated the week of Feb. 8.

There will be four waves, beginning with seniors 80 and older. Next is those 75 and older. Then, those 70 and older will be up. Finally, those 65 and older will receive a shot.

Oregon has reached its goal of 12,000 vaccinations per day. However, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen admitted the state was not prepared to distribute the vaccine when it first rolled out in mid-December.

“At Oregon Health Authority, just like the federal government, health agencies and nearly every other state," Allen said. "We needed to have been better prepared. We should have recognized that our well-tested and high-performing system for distributing flu vaccines would not translate to the demands of distributing the COVID-19 vaccines."

The Trump Administration pushed back on Brown’s claims saying this was all a misunderstanding.

The OHA said that 30 percent of COVID-19 related deaths are from those 80 and older.

A call center will be available in the coming days for information about the vaccine. 

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