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Story by Aimee Green | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Published on Tuesday March 9, 2021 - 11:34 PM

STORY UPDATED 6 P.M.: This story has been updated to reflect that the actual increase in doses for seniors at the Oregon Convention Center is unclear.

The Oregon Health Authority announced it will provide large clinic providers at least 15,000 COVID-19 doses a week for three weeks to vaccinate seniors 65 and older in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia counties.

It's unclear how large of an increase that is compared to overall vaccination doses currently being allocated each week to the operators of clinics at the Oregon Convention Center and Portland International Airport. The state and the local health care providers running the mass vaccination sites didn't answer questions Monday about the numbers.

Officials also announced they have made an important change to the way Portland-area seniors schedule appointments at the Convention Center. Seniors still must register and wait to be randomly selected from the state's registry. But once selected, seniors will no longer have to wait for a phone call from an overburdened call center to schedule an appointment. Rather, they will be emailed an individualized link which they can use to select from available appointment times and book appointments on their own, state officials said.

The changes come after the state unveiled its new lottery system last week. The Convention Center's vaccination site booked only 1,950 new appointments through that system, with call-center workers contacting Oregonians and booking appointments manually.