“If this comes at the expense of the death of older people, is that a good compromise?”
BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – The Oregon Health Authority recently announced that seniors aged 80 and over will be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccine starting February 8, with other age groups having will follow in the coming weeks.
But the agency also said there won’t be enough vaccine doses this week to meet demand, which can only add fuel to the fire of frustration many seniors have experienced in recent weeks and months.
NewsChannel 21 has heard directly from a handful of seniors who have expressed their frustration with the vaccine launch, such as Bill Gawlowksi.
“I know it’s hard, we’re not getting the vaccines fast enough,” he said. I feel like the elderly are being thrown onto the sidewalk, so to speak. ”
Gawlowski said he understood that the vaccine would be distributed to healthcare workers first, but disagrees very much with the following groups given the high mortality rate among the elderly. In particular, he cited teachers and school staff, who were vaccinated earlier than most seniors.
“When it came to schools, I also have grandchildren in schools and, absolutely, schools are key to getting these kids back there,” Gawlowski said. But again, the bottom line is, if this comes at the expense of the death of older people, is that a good one? ”
There are approximately 105,000 educators in Oregon, just over 12,000 inmates, and more than 700,000 people over the age of 65.
Deschutes County Public Health Services told NewsChannel 21 that they do not yet know how many vaccines will be awarded for next week.
“The week starting February 1, we have not received any first dose assignments from the Oregon Health Authority,” said spokesperson Morgan Emerson. “We are waiting to find out what our allocation will be for next week, if any.”
Emerson explained how those wishing to be vaccinated can begin the process.
“You can sign up at vaccini.deschutes.org to be notified when you are eligible to schedule an appointment and receive information on how to schedule it,” Emerson said.
And for those with limited transportation, looking to get to the Redmond Fairgrounds, where vaccinations are underway?
“If you have Medicare or a health insurance plan that covers medical transportation, you can use that benefit to schedule a ride to the Fair and Expo Center for appointments,” Emerson said.
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