How to get a COVID vaccination in Oregon
- 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.
Oregon administers 1 million vaccine doses
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Wednesday announced that Oregon has administered more than 1 million doses of vaccine.
The first dose was given in Oregon on Dec. 14, 2020. As of Wednesday, OHA said about one in five eligible Oregonians has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
OHA: Oregon's vaccine timeline could speed up thanks to national supply boost
Oregon officials say the state’s COVID-19 vaccine timeline could speed up dramatically thanks to President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will have enough doses for all adults by the end of May. That’s two months earlier than planned. It's largely possible because of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is already in production.
Reporter roundtable: How the vaccine rollout is going in Oregon, 5 other states
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States is basically 50 different plans happening all at once.
For a look at how it’s going across the country, Cristin Severance joined reporters from our sister stations in California, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Ohio to talk over Zoom about what’s working and what's not in their respective states.
The group also went over the complaints coming into their newsrooms the most.
Nursing home COVID cases down 82% since December; doctors credit vaccine
Positive COVID-19 cases and COVID-related deaths in U.S. nursing homes are dropping, and doctors credit the vaccine.
U.S. nursing homes reported a peak of nearly 6,000 COVID-related deaths in a single week of December 2020. By February, that was down 63% to about 2,200 deaths in a week.
Experts point to one reason for the improving numbers.
"The vaccines are working," said Phil Fogg Jr., CEO of Marquis Companies in Oregon.
COVID-19 hotline 211 forced to shut line down due to high call volume
211, an information referral line for health and human services in Oregon and Southwest Washington, has become overwhelmed as a COVID-19 hotline.
"We're in unprecedented times, and our call volume reflects it," said 211info CEO Dan Herman. Herman said a month ago, 211 was getting 1,000 calls a day related to vaccines. Now lines open and at 6 a.m. and within minutes 1,000 calls were in the queue.
Herman said as more and more people become eligible for the vaccine, more and more people are calling 211. Call volume is so high that 211 brought in more than two dozen Oregon National Guards members to answer phones and now more are being brought on.
VERIFY: Here are the most common vaccine side effects
With vaccines continuing to be rolled out all across the country, many people have been curious about the potential side effects and various impacts. The Verify team exists to bring you the facts, so we're taking a look into what's been said about possible reactions for the major vaccines that have rolled out.