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Oregon opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for seniors 75 and older

Under the state's plan, a new group of seniors become eligible every week — but because of ongoing supply restraints, many seniors 80 and older have not gotten an opportunity to receive the vaccine yet.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 3:21 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 5:36 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Under Oregon's vaccine plan, seniors 75 and older became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, despite ongoing supply shortages that have prevented many areas of the state from accommodating seniors.

After making sudden adjustments to the vaccine plan in January, Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority opened up eligibility to childcare providers, K-12 teachers and school staff on January 25. Seniors 80 and older became eligible on February 8, with another group of seniors to be added each week through March 1.

State officials expressed optimism earlier this month that supply of the vaccine would soon begin meeting the demand from eligible groups — enough to allow three-quarters of them to get their first doses by early April. But at the local level, the roll-out to seniors has not become much of a reality as yet.

"We're meeting and we're figuring out what to do with the limited vaccine so that it is accessible and there isn't confusion about where people can get the vaccine," said Tanya Phillips with Jackson County Public Health. "It just may take them longer to get it than they would like."

Jackson County Public Health says that it will receive a total of 1,800 Moderna vaccine doses for next week, with 1,300 of those doses earmarked for people 75 and older.

"This allotment will be pushed out to other COVID-19 providers that will be vaccinating individuals 75 years and older," the agency said. "The extreme weather in the Northwest and all over the United States is causing delays in this week's vaccine shipment."

Jackson County's vaccine page has some links for providers that are offering appointments at present. 

Some of the pressure on local public health agencies and healthcare providers should begin to ease as retail pharmacies participating in the federal vaccine program begin receiving more shipments.

Currently, appointments at these retail pharmacies are exceedingly scarce. Roughly 5,000 appointments have been scheduled at 127 participating pharmacies statewide, but many of these locations have received only 100 doses. They report that more doses are supposed to be on the way.

For the time being, these three retail pharmacies are set to offer (limited) appointments:

A representative for Safeway/Albertsons told NewsWatch 12 that they anticipate having more appointments available on Thursday.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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