These 13 Oregon counties can start broadening vaccine access ahead of schedule
Story by Ryan Haas (OPB) - Story Source
|Thirteen Oregon counties will now be able to enter Phase 1b||13 counties can start giving doses|
The moves follows Oregon's announcement last week that it would speed up vaccination timelines to meet the Biden administration's goal of having all adults eligible for a vaccine by May 1.
As part of that move, state health officials said counties that complete eligible groups, such as seniors, may apply to the state to move on to groups that may not be eligible yet.
Thirteen Oregon counties have applied and received approval to move ahead so far: Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Umatilla and Union.
The state plans to update its Get Vaccinated Oregon online tool to reflect the changes.
People in other Oregon counties who are within Phase 1b, group 6 will largely have to wait until March 29, when that group is eligible for the vaccine statewide.
To date, the Oregon Health Authority reports it has administered just over 1.5 million doses of vaccines statewide. Read full story