SALEM, Ore – Soon, Oregons over the age of 65 will line up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine with trainers.
The change in the state’s plan for the next distribution phase comes following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of this high-risk group have called for an opportunity to be vaccinated, as the state had previously planned to focus on school staff in hopes of bringing students back into the classroom.
On January 23, this next priority phase begins to be vaccinated. It includes seniors, childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff. It will be made possible by additional vaccinations expected on this date. They come from the federal government, which has announced plans to release its full reserve of vaccines to states instead of storing some doses.
Gov. Kate Brown issued the following statement:
“While this is an unexpected change of course from the federal government, receiving more vaccines is welcome news for the states ̵
“If you are an Oregonian who is recently eligible for vaccination, I ask for your patience. Do not call your doctor or healthcare provider with questions about when you can be vaccinated. Today’s news arrived without prior notice from the federal government. Oregon healthcare providers are working as quickly as humanly possible to change their vaccine distribution plans to accommodate this sudden change in national guidance.
“Now more than ever, I am determined to ensure that communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have access to a vaccine: Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Tribal, Latino, Latina, and Latinx, Pacific Islander and community of color. Reaching out to teachers and individuals aged 65 and over from these communities is absolutely critical as we strive to achieve equal vaccine distribution at every stage of this process. ”