But the expansion won’t alter the state’s decision to remove many social and business restrictions when 70% of the overall population 16 and older has been vaccinated.
Currently, just under 60% of state residents 16 and older have received at least a first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine though rates are higher in Multnomah, Washington and some other counties.
The governor hopes a “solid majority” of Oregonians will be vaccinated by June, but she declines to put a number on that.
“Hundreds, if not thousands of these cards have already been sold and we want to put a stop to it,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
The latest positive case of COVID-19 means the House will delay voting on bills until April 26, according to House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland.
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The health care system, which had intermittent problems getting enough COVID-19 vaccine, appears to be the only Oregon hospital group unable to schedule appointments in a timely manner.
Eleven counties face more COVID-19 restrictions while the threat level is reduced for only two counties, Gov. Kate Brown announced.
The Oregon Health Authority promised equity in vaccine distribution but people in wealthier ZIP codes are far more likely to have been vaccinated than in poorer areas.