Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced some very good news today: Frontline workers and Oregonians with underlying health conditions (that are 16 and older) will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine two weeks earlier than previously expected. While this group was previously scheduled to become eligible to receive the vaccine on April 19, that date has now been moved up to April 5.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define "frontline workers" as food service employees, public transit operators, grocery and retail workers, courtroom staff, construction workers, media, and many other professions. (Check out the full list here.) Per the CDC, underlying health conditions that qualify Oregonians for a vaccine include cancer, pregnancy, heart conditions, and others. (Here's the full list.) Oregonians who live in multigenerational households will also be eligible for a vaccine April 5.
This accelerated timeline is the result of Oregon receiving an influx of doses from the federal government—combined with progress being made to vaccinate seniors across the state.
“As we vaccinate our frontline workers and all Oregonians with underlying health conditions, we will work to make sure vaccines reach the communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19: Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Tribal and communities of color,” said Governor Brown, via a press release. “With so many counties across Oregon ready to begin the next phases of vaccination, I am accelerating our vaccination timelines statewide rather than proceeding county-by-county."
As it stands now, Oregonians aged 45-64 with underlying health conditions, houseless residents, migrant and seasonal farm workers, pregnant women, and others remain eligible for vaccinations on Monday, March 29. All remaining Oregonians over the age of 16 are eligible for a vaccine by May 1.
As of Friday, Oregon has fully vaccinated 14 percent of its population.