Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced that people in Oregon who are 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 19.
“We are locked in a race between vaccine distribution and the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants,” Brown said. “Today, Oregon will pass the threshold of 2 million vaccine doses administered. And yet, in communities across Oregon, COVID-19 is spreading at concerning rates. We must move as quickly as possible to get more shots in arms. Beginning April 19, all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a vaccine.”
Brown emphasized that we need to continue to focus on equity in our vaccine distribution, noting that “Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and communities of color have been disproportionately hard-hit by this disease. We must reach Oregonians where they are, including those who may not have easy access to health care or the ability to take time off from work.”