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

Here are the top vaccine facts for Friday, March 5.

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.

Latest COVID-19 vaccine news

Insurance providers connect seniors, vulnerable groups to COVID vaccinations

Oregon-based Regence and about a dozen other insurance providers are working to boost access to COVID-19 vaccinations for disproportionately impacted seniors and people of color.

The newly announced Vaccine Community Connectors program has a goal of identifying and fully vaccinating 2 million people 65 and older from vulnerable communities. A big piece of the program is direct outreach, connecting people with appointments.

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New vaccination site in Vancouver to give 600 COVID shots a day, 4 days a week

A new vaccination site in Vancouver opened up Friday morning, allowing for about 600 vaccinations a day, according to Clark County Public Health. The site is located in the Tower Mall parking lot off of East Mill Plain Boulevard. It will be open four days a week, on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

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COVID vaccine appointments booked up at Safeway, Albertsons pharmacies in Portland area

Starting Thursday night, eligible Oregonians were able to reserve appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at local Safeway and Albertsons stores.

Early Friday morning, KGW checked and couldn't find any appointments left at Safeway or Albertsons in the Portland area. But you can still check the website and see what's available where you live.

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More than 389,000 Oregonians fully vaccinated

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported that more than 389,000 Oregonians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

OHA said 38,632 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. A total of 1,082,241 doses have been administered out of the 1,348,255 doses delivered to sites across Oregon. 

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OHA estimates 300,000 vaccine doses could be administered per week, if supply allowed 

President Joe Biden is pushing hard to get hundreds of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine out across the country to fight the virus. In Oregon, state leaders think the president's push will bring a total of 200,000 first doses a week to the state by the end of March -- a 60% increase from the current supply. But it’s one thing to get more shots. It's quite another to figure out how to best use them.

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VERIFY: Women should wait to get a mammogram after getting a COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed in the United States, a new directive is getting a lot of attention online because it affects so many women. In a recent blog post, Swedish Medical Center in Seattle discouraged women from getting a mammogram right after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. But why?

It does not have to do with the risk of catching COVID-19 from the doctor’s office but because of a common side effect of the vaccine.

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