Governor Kate Brown announced on Tuesday that all Oregonians over the age of 16 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, nearly two weeks earlier than originally planned.
It was previously expected that there will be a wide range of vaccine qualifications on May 1.
The move comes as communities in Oregon and across the United States are working hard to shoot more infectious virus variants before they can establish their status.
Brown said in a statement: “We are caught in a competition between vaccine distribution and the rapid spread of COVID-1
In the past week, Oregon currently has an average of 423 cases per day, and Monday’s hospitalization reached 177. Both are the highest levels in seven weeks, but are much lower than their respective autumn peaks.
Brown emphasized that even if the qualifying date is advanced, her office will still work hard to ensure that underserved people can get the vaccine.
“It is vital that we continue to focus on fairness in vaccine distribution. Brown said that blacks, natives, Latinos, Latinos, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders, tribes, and people of color in Oregon are affected. A serious blow. “We have to reach Oregon, including people who may not have easy access to health care or who are able to take time off. “
According to the Associated Press, Brown’s announcement came a few hours before President Joe Biden was expected to make a similar announcement in order to improve national vaccine eligibility.
Brown and public health officials are expected to issue a bulletin on county-level risk assessments that involve COVID restrictions later on Tuesday.
This story will be updated.
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