AARP Oregon wants older adults prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

MEDFORD, Ore. — In a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, AARP Oregon said older adults need to be prioritized in the state’s vaccine distribution. It says nearly 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been among people 50 and older.

Along with older adults, AARP Oregon is also advocating for the families who care for them. Currently, only people in phases 1-A and 1-B have access. This includes health care workers and educators.

“All we’re saying is that older adults are the ones most impacted and we need to make that a priority,” said Joyce DeMonnin with AARP Oregon. She says the organization would like a “1-800 number” for seniors to call, so they don’t have to search for information online.

It’s also hoping to work with the OHA, to send direct mail to older adults.

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