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Governor Brown not changing vaccine eligibility timeline yet
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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Oregon officials announced Friday that, while President Joe Biden's pledge to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 is welcome news, the eligibility timeline in the state will not change until weekly shipment allocations increase.

"Our plan in Oregon has always been to align our vaccination timelines to available federal supplies," Brown said during a press conference. "As weekly shipment allocations increase, we will reassess our timelines. If the doses are there, I have every intention of utilizing all available state and federal resources to match the president's timeline for universal eligibility."

Ever since the vaccine became available in December, officials in Oregon have been methodical about who receives the shots and when.

Currently in Oregon, those who can receive the vaccine include health care workers, first responders, teachers and residents over age 65.

People who are 45 or older with a pre-existing condition, seasonal and migrant farmworkers, food processors, the homeless and those affected by last summer's wildfires are scheduled to become eligible on March 29. In addition essential workers and people with underlying conditions between 16 and 45 are scheduled to become eligible May 1. All Oregonians over 16 who wish to receive a vaccine will be eligible no later than July 1, based on the state's current timeline.