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The Oregon Health Authority is organizing a command structure to address the staffing and bed crisis facing hospitals swamped with COVID-19 cases.
The announcement follows decisions by some hospital systems to require employee vaccinations against COVID-19 despite an Oregon law banning the practice.
The institution will give employees the opportunity to opt out, provided they go through an education session and abide by certain rules.
The announcement comes a day after Kaiser Permanente said that it would require all employees to be fully inoculated.
The decision was made after the death of four employees from COVID-19, including three who contracted the delta variant.
State health officials called on local public health officials in areas with low rates to work with businesses and others to encourage inoculation.
A small study by Oregon Health & Science University indicates that people between 70 and 82 have a less robust response to the virus than those 20 to 29.