The Oregon Health Authority has allocated 2,340 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines to Deschutes County for the week of March 1; the same week nearly 40,000 residents become eligible to get it.
Appointment information won’t be announced by the county until Monday morning, according to a release from the health department.
Beginning Monday, nearly 40,000 county residents age 65 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. So far, an estimated 15,000 residents 65 and older have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine.
If weekly allocations do not increase, Deschutes County Health Services estimates that it may take until early May to be able to offer a first-dose appointment to all residents who are 65 and older.
“Unfortunately, due to limited vaccine supply, not everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine will be able to schedule an appointment this week,” said Dr. George Conway, Deschutes County Health Services Director. “With current allocations, it may be several weeks before everyone who is eligible is able to be scheduled.”
Next week’s allocation of vaccines is actually about 800 fewer doses than this week’s when appointments filled up in under two hours.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced a new vaccine sequencing plan that includes adults 45–64 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk, migrant and seasonal farm workers, seafood and agricultural workers, food processing workers and people living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living.
This group will become eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 29.
Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
Some retail pharmacies in Central Oregon are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible groups through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.
There will not be enough vaccines to vaccinate all eligible Oregonians at these locations due to the limited supply.
Appointments may be available by visiting https://vaccinefinder.org.