PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Health Authority confirmed Wednesday its partners at All4Oregon mistakenly invited roughly 11,000 ineligible recipients to schedule a vaccination appointment.
OHA Director Patrick Allen said, “It was simply an error on our part. We had intended to send names that were eligible on Monday and in addition to sending names that were eligible on Monday, we sent 11,000 names that weren’t eligible until the 19th of April. Those folks got emails from All4Oregon to offer scheduling and we decided to ask that those appointments not be canceled.”
OHA said it’s been giving the information of eligible people in the Portland area to All4Oregon since February in order for them to coordinate scheduled at the Oregon Convention Center.
Ron Wimsett is among those who received an email on Tuesday from All4Oregon offering him a chance to set up a vaccine appointment at the Convention Center. He said he “jumped on the opportunity and found it actually quite easy to get through the process and schedule an appointment.”
But then Wimsett got another email, this time informing him he was among 11,000 people who had received the first email by mistake.
“I am a frontline worker and I work in the IT profession and I have to deal with employees pretty regularly,” Wimsett said. “So for me, it was a great relief to be like ‘oh hey, great, this is awesome, I get to get vaccinated’ and to learn that it was a management or clerical error that provided that for me, it made me feel unfortunate.”
The OHA has since apologized for the mistake and said All4Oregon has committed to honoring the offered appointments.
Allen said the 11,000 doses that will be administered out of order aren’t enough to negatively impact supplies for those people who are genuinely eligible. He said OHA has since taken steps to prevent a similar blunder from happening again. He encouraged eligible groups to look for available vaccine appointments at local pharmacies where doses have “increased significantly in the last few weeks.” Allen also said more doses are on the way.
“More of the vaccine is coming every week into Oregon and the supply will get easier rather than harder,” he said.
Health officials also announced 1 million Oregonians have been vaccinated — 585,657 people are fully vaccinated while 433,478 are still in “series in progress,” the OHA dashboard reported.
Oregon reports 379 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
Oregon’s latest COVID-19 casualty was an 85-year-old Multnomah County woman with underlying conditions. Her death brought the state’s death toll to 2,368.
OHA added an additional 379 confirmed/presumptive cases of the virus as well, bringing the total number of infections to 162,384.
Vaccinations and hospitalizations
Twenty-one Oregon counties have now submitted attestation letters signaling their intention to immediately offer COVID-19 vaccinations to expanded eligibility groups. Lane County’s is the newest submission, health officials said. Current counties are: Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Umatilla, Union and Yamhill.
Oregon has now administered a total of 782,265 first and second doses of Pfizer, 760,231 first and second doses of Moderna and 34,165 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines — about 77% of all delivered doses.
OHA said the number of hospitalized patients with the coronavirus dropped by seven to 102. The number of ICU patients increased by three to 19.
Breakdown by county
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday were from the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (11), Clackamas (41), Clatsop (9), Columbia (8), Coos (12), Curry (1), Deschutes (23), Douglas (5), Grant (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (45), Jefferson (1), Josephine (16), Lane (26), Lincoln (5), Linn (9), Malheur (3), Marion (36), Multnomah (63), Polk (5), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (7), Union (3), Washington (30) and Yamhill (5).