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Story by Bill Poehler - Story Source
Published on Thursday March 18, 2021 - 11:45 PM

Everyone over the age of 16 in Oregon will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by May 1, according to the Oregon Health Authority and a spokesperson for Gov. Kate Brown.

Wednesday's announcement moving up the timeline by two months follows the directive President Joe Biden put forward last week.

Brown on Friday said she wasn't prepared to move up the timeline until federal vaccine supplies increased. But in a statement Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority said the Biden administration has secured enough doses of the vaccine to meet the new timeline.

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"We are following up with the administration for more specifics about when vaccine shipments to states will increase, but in a briefing with governors earlier this week, it was clear the White House has worked hard to secure additional vaccine supplies for states in the coming weeks," according to the OHA statement.

Brown spokesperson Charles Boyle said in a statement the state has received assurances from the federal government that Oregon will receive enough doses to implement Biden's directive and still meet Oregon's priorities.

"We will continue to center equity in all of our vaccine distribution efforts, whether that means ensuring that seniors, people with underlying conditions, frontline workers, and the Oregonians most vulnerable to COVID-19 have the opportunity for vaccinations prior to May 1 –– or after May 1, working with local health partners to ensure these priority groups continue to have access to appointments," he said.