Oregon races against time to ramp up vaccine rollout as wildfire season looms

Oregon health officials are trying to beat the clock getting more shots into millions of arms ahead of another wildfire season.

Monday will mark the moment Oregon opens its priority COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone 16 and up, or roughly 2.6 million Oregonians. Many include the 1.3 million seniors, teachers, farmworkers, and health care professionals who have already been eligible for a jab since late last winter. State health officials warned the public during a Friday news conference with Gov. Kate Brown that open slots may be in short supply.

“We’ll continue to see tight appointment availability for many parts of the state in the coming weeks,” said Oregon Health Authority
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