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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon Thursday

State leaders expect a greater supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. That's good news for getting people vaccinated quickly, but there could be logistical challenges.

How to get a COVID vaccination in Oregon

As of March 1, everyone in Phase 1A and groups 1-5 of Phase 1B is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon. That includes:

  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Long-term care residents
  • K-12 educators and school staff
  • Childcare providers
  • People 65 and older

The sign-up process for COVID-19 vaccination in the Portland metro area changed again on March 1. Rather than hundreds of thousands of people scrambling to find thousands of appointments, eligible people will be notified when a dose is available for them. The state will use the information people have submitted at the state's Get Vaccinated Oregon tool as an invitation system. The names of eligible people in the metro area will be gleaned from the Get Vaccinated Oregon database and their information will be sent to the state's partners at the Oregon Convention Center, one of Oregon's mass vaccination sites.

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The county is working with community partners and focusing on equity to provide vaccines to those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including the Latinx and other BIPOC communities, as well as those experiencing poverty.

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