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Cover All People, a new program intended to combat disparities and improve health, will make the Oregon Health Plan open to people regardless of their immigration status starting July 1, 2022.
Black men are more likely to die from chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer than white men, and their life expectancy, on average, is lower.
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.
With nearly 1.4 million people already in line, the Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended that BIPOC communities and people with underlying conditions -- totally 2.5 million people -- should follow seniors.
The group of 27 members representing a large number of minority groups has until next month to advise the state on who should be next in line to be offered a vaccine.