Forcing companies to gear up production won’t provide much-needed doses anytime soon because expanding production lines takes time and establishing lines in repurposed facilities can take months.
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The governor’s Commission on Senior Services became the latest group to make an appeal, saying, “We implore you to reverse your latest decision immediately.”
Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties have closed their signup form, leaving about 50,000 people in the metro area without an appointment.
Anti-vaccine groups are blaming patients’ coincidental medical problems on covid shots, even when it’s clear that age or underlying health conditions are to blame.
State health officials report that the largest active COVID-19 outbreaks in Oregon are in its prisons: More than 3,000 inmates have tested positive for the disease, while 38 have died.
With nearly 1.4 million people already in line, the Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended that BIPOC communities and people with underlying conditions -- totally 2.5 million people -- should follow seniors.
The governor urged Oregon to prepare for a long haul with the pandemic and said she would back a proposal to cap the rise in health care costs statewide at 3.4%.