All Oregon residents over the age of 16 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, the Kate Brown government announced Tuesday, almost two weeks earlier than originally planned.
Extensive immunization was previously expected on May 1.
The move comes as communities across Oregon and nations work to obtain weapons before more viruses can reproduce themselves.
“We are locked in a race between the spread of vaccines and the rapid spread of COVID-19 strains,” Brown said in a statement. Across Oregon, COVID-19 is spreading at a relevant rate. ”
Oregon currently has an average of 423 patients per day over the past week, and Monday’s hospitalizations hit 177, both of which were seven-week highs, but below the point. The highest falling greatly
Brown stressed that even if the eligibility date is shifted, her office will work to ensure disadvantaged populations have access to the vaccine.
“It’s important to remain focused on equality in our vaccination efforts. Oregon’s blacks, indigenous, Latino, Latino, Asians, Pacific Islanders, tribes and communities of black are disproportionately affected by the disease, ”Brown said. “We have to reach Oregon residents where they live, including those who may not have easy access to health care or can take a break from work.”
Brown’s announcement came just hours before President Joe Biden was expected to make a similar announcement to postpone the nationwide extension of the vaccine eligibility, according to the Associated Press.
Brown and public health officials are expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the county-level risk assessment, which regulates COVID restrictions.
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