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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.

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Reported Deaths: 2756
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Washington26781248
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Linn561181
Yamhill478279
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Polk399356
Douglas388483
Malheur361463
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Jefferson237039
Coos216637
Columbia192129
Union149924
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Crook129223
Hood River121633
Morrow115416
Clatsop10589
Baker101115
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Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
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Sherman671
Wheeler351
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Reported Deaths: 63356
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Kern1107991404
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Ventura816611031
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Contra Costa70730813
Stanislaus634971070
Tulare49776849
Monterey43836432
San Mateo42681581
San Francisco37269556
Santa Barbara34613455
Solano33762266
Merced32313478
Sonoma30884317
Imperial28855741
Placer23589299
Kings23195247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16638245
Santa Cruz16246208
Marin14206230
Yolo14160212
Butte12668194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10396116
Napa1002680
Sutter9663113
Yuba648951
San Benito610963
Lassen578424
Tehama573463
Nevada491975
Humboldt449948
Mendocino434050
Tuolumne421271
Amador374047
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239637
Colusa228418
Calaveras220756
Del Norte14588
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7366
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