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Story by Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
Published on Thursday March 11, 2021 - 9:24 PM

Gov. Kate Brown stopped short of confirming Thursday night that Oregon would meet President Joe Biden's directive to make all Americans 18 and older eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting May 1.

Biden made the announcement Thursday evening in a primetime address, his first such speech since taking office in January. The address came hours after Biden signed his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which includes a third round of direct payments to most Americans and billions of dollars for vaccine and COVID-19 safety plans.

The president said just because people will be eligible doesn't mean they will get shots in arms that day.

"It means you'll be able to get in line May 1," Biden said. But he pledged new tools to help connect people to vaccines in their communities. "No more searching day or night for an appointment for you and your loved ones," he said.

Biden's timeline is roughly two months ahead of a plan outlined by Brown and state health officials in late February, which said that all Oregonians would be eligible for the vaccine by July 1, barring increase in vaccine distribution and other factors.

When asked whether Oregon would amend its plans to meet Biden's May 1 timeline, the state health authority and Brown's office initially referred to a brief thread posted to the governor's Twitter account, which was light on details.