CORONAVIRUS, Government, Oregon

Brown announces vaccine eligibility for all 16 and older on April 19

A face mask. Photo: Chas Hundley

Starting April 19, all Oregonians aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon Governor Brown announced Tuesday morning. 

Previously, adults and those aged 16 and over were scheduled to be eligible no later than May 1. 

The announcement comes in advance of President Joe Biden announcing another push to move the vaccine eligibility timeline forward, much as he did when he mandated that states allow adults to be eligible no later than May 1 during a primetime speech held March 11. 

With everyone 16 and older eligible beginning April 19, the end of a phased vaccine eligibility rollout is in sight, a rollout that saw timetables moved as more doses became available, definitions changed, and a clunky, sometimes-confusing group naming system of people . . .

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