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

Here are the top vaccine facts for Monday, Feb. 15.
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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon

As of Feb. 15, everyone in Phase 1A and groups one, two and three 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 75 and older

Oregon introduced an online tool that allows eligible residents of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion and Columbia counties to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The eligibility tool is open to everyone in Oregon to use and ask questions.

Another helpful resource is 211. People can call 211 and ask to be transferred to the reservation call center. Operators will determine eligibility, then book a time to receive the vaccination. People can also text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates or email ORCOVID@211info.org.

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As the greater Portland area woke up to frozen neighborhoods, broken trees and slick roads Monday morning, thousands of seniors made the virtual sprint to get one of the relatively few COVID-19 vaccination shots offered at the Oregon Convention Center or Portland International Airport.

In the first 90 minutes, 5,100 appointments for vaccinations at the convention center were sold out. In just 30 minutes, 2,550 appointments for Oregon Health and Science University's drive-thru clinic at the airport were gone.

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Oregon reports 184 new COVID-19 cases, zero new deaths

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Monday reported just 184 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths due to the virus.

OHA said case and lab result counts are lower than expected due to the winter storm and hazardous travel conditions.

Oregon also saw a reduced number of vaccinations added to the state registry due to the winter weather. Many vaccination sites were closed over the weekend due to snow and ice.

The OHA said as of Monday, 683,887 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in Oregon. 885,250 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

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More than 1,000 adult care homes in Oregon still waiting on the COVID vaccine

There are more than 1,300 adult care homes in Oregon licensed with the state. These are smaller facilities run out of people’s homes.

According to guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, these facilities are in the state’s 1A vaccination group, meaning they should have gone first.

But while the adult care homes are supposed to get the vaccine through a federal program, only 170 of the 1,300 homes have registered so far.

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Here's the plan for vaccine appointments in the Portland area after snow forces cancellations 

The winter storm that hammered the Portland area also slammed shut COVID-19 vaccination efforts at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland International Airport and the Clark County Fairgrounds in Vancouver.

On Sunday, organizers of the vaccination clinic at the convention center announced that opening time Monday morning will be delayed until 9 a.m. Anyone who has a Monday appointment between 7 - 9 a.m. will be rescheduled later in the day on Monday. Sunday appointments were canceled because of the weather. The Vancouver event is being rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until noon. 

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In a statement Monday, the U.N. health agency said it was authorizing the AstraZeneca vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India and South Korea’s AstraZeneca-SKBio.

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