People 45-64 with underlying conditions eligible for vaccination by next week

As you know, Oregon is doing vaccinations in phases. Many new groups of people become eligible no later than March 29.  

One of these groups is people aged 45-64 who have one or more of the underlying health conditions listed on the graphic below.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with these conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Oregon has made two changes to the CDC list: The state is not including smoking (but is including smoking-related illnesses) and has added HIV. 

What to know when yo ugo for your vaccination:

  • You will not need to show proof of an underlying condition. 
  • People 45-64 with any kind of cancer are eligible no later than March 29. If your cancer is in remission (and you aren’t eligible under any other category) you’ll be able to get vaccinated starting no later than May 1. 
  • Check eligibility dates in your county. Some counties have started vaccinating people with underlying conditions before March 29. 

This article first appeared in the March 24, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.