Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, said that every senior, educator and person eligible in the 1a group who want a vaccine will be able to get a first dose by early April.
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The states expect that vaccinating the nearly 770,000 Oregonians age 65 and older will take several months given the limited supply of vaccine being sent to the state.
The reallocation comes at a time when cases and hospitalizations are down but the need for vaccines is more urgent than ever with the presence of new variants in the United States.
Health care providers struggle to boost the current vaccination pace and soon the state could have more than 1 million doses from the federal government.
State wants to vaccinate 3 million residents, but so far federal government has promised Oregon only enough vaccine for about 100,000 people.
When the wildfires hit, testing plummeted so officials don’t really know what the current COVID-19 trend is in Oregon.
As deaths set a new record, state health officials warn of case spikes and testing backlogs, urging residents to reduce indoor gatherings.
The Oregon Health Authority undereported Multnomah County's COVID-19 hospitalization numbers to Gov. Kate Brown, but the plan to reopen the county will move forward regardless.
Public records reveal tension between political and health concerns at the highest levels of Oregon's government in late April, as reopening plans were finalized.