Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon will be expanding COVID-19 vaccination qualifications, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Beginning January 23, all individuals aged 65 and older, childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators and staff will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The change comes after an announcement from the federal government that it will be releasing its full reserve of vaccines available to states rather than holding some doses in storage.
“If you are an Oregonian who is newly eligible for vaccination, I am asking for your patience,” Governor Brown said in a press release. “Today’s news arrived with no advance notice from the federal government. Oregon health care providers are working as fast as humanly possible to shift their vaccine distribution plans to meet this sudden change in national guidance.”
Oregon’s distribution plans for seniors and educators will be updated in the coming days.