Problems with supply of Johnson & Johnson will not affect Oregon’s timelines

You may have heard about the loss of up to 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses because of a manufacturing mistake. Oregon will not delay its vaccine eligibility timelines because of the disruption in Johnson & Johnson doses:

On April 5, all frontline workers and their household family members, younger people with underlying health conditions and people who live in multi-generational homes will still be eligible to get vaccinated.

No later than May 1, Oregon still plans to open vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older. Counties will still have the option to vaccinate everyone as early as April 26, if they show they will have appointments available and have made strong efforts to reach vulnerable Oregonians with vaccine.

However, there may not be enough doses to vaccinate all Oregonians 16 and older by late May. That goal may need to be bumped back by a couple of weeks.

This article first appeared in the April 2, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.