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Oregonians 80 and older begin receiving COVID vaccination

Added 02-08-21 07:03:02pm EST - “Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon were quickly booked Monday, as residents who are 80 years and older became eligible to receive doses of the scarce and highly anticipated vaccine.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Oregonians 80 and older begin receiving COVID vaccination ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon were quickly booked Monday, as residents who are 80 years and older became eligible to receive doses of the scarce and highly anticipated vaccine.

Seniors in Oregon have waited weeks to receive the vaccine, after the original eligibility date was delayed and then Gov. Kate Brown decided to prioritize educators ahead of the elderly.

The elderly have been the hardest hit group in state when it comes to the virus - people 60 years and older account for 90% of Oregon’s COVID-19 deaths.

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On Monday, seniors 80 and older began to receive shots. Eligibility will expand to younger age groups each week: 75 and older starting Feb. 15, 70 and older starting Feb. 22 and 65 and older starting March 1.

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