As a 72-year-old Oregon resident, I became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 22 along with thousands of people in my age group. Since then, I have spent many hours trying to obtain an appointment for the vaccine on the Oregon Health Authority website. The website is broken, as has been confirmed by The Oregonian/OregonLive (“COVID vaccine appointments open to Oregonians 65 and older Monday: Tips and troubleshooting,” Feb. 28) and other news outlets.
In spite of this system failure, the governor and other public health leaders announced that Oregonians 45 and older with underlying conditions can get the COVID-19 vaccine on March 29. Is it too much to ask that before the vaccine is opened to additional groups, the system the state uses to make these appointments be fixed, instead of adding thousands of more eligible Oregonians who will certainly overwhelm a broken website? The failure of Oregon’s management of the vaccines is frustrating and dangerous. There is no acceptable excuse for it.
Mary Gorretta, Milwaukie