Migrant workers, frontline workers and multi-generational households are among the groups that will become eligible for vaccination sooner than expected.
Residents are finding it easier to drive to the Oregon State Fairgrounds and get vaccinated than to secure an appointment in Portland because of an uneven allocation of doses among counties.
But the general population may still face delays, as Oregon officials plan to keep allocating doses in a targeted way to reach vulnerable groups.
With three vaccines — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — now authorized for emergency use in the United States, there seems to be hope that the pandemic’s end may be in sight.
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State and county officials, with the help of FEMA and emergency services, have launched mobile clinics to ensure that homebound and group home residents get a jab.