During its final official meeting last week, Oregon’s 27-member COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) recommended that four groups move forward concurrently once Oregon has vaccinated a critical mass of seniors. Those groups would be:
- Adults 16-64 with underlying health conditions
- Front-line workers (to be defined)
- Adults and youth in custody 16 years and older
- People living in low income and congregate senior housing
People who live in multi-generational households would be next in line behind these groups, followed by the general population.
As a next step, Oregon Health Authority staff will review the operational and legal dimensions of the recommendations before they are referred to Governor Kate Brown. The committee has an optional meeting on Feb. 2 to discuss implementation issues.
The Malheur County Health Department will provide an update on vaccine sequencing when more information is available.