The governor told the Oregon Health Authority it could release the information weekly but the agency said it will stick to daily reporting.
Late last month Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that included $900 billion for urgent pandemic relief, a ban on surprise medical bills and other non-COVID health care issues.
The Oregon Health Authority responds to a plea from public health officials from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties for more vaccine to inoculate the tens of thousands in category 1a.
New guidelines, to go into effect Jan. 29 through Feb. 11, will allow gyms and theaters to open to a limited number customers in places, but the easing will not apply to indoor dining, which will remain banned in counties with the highest risk level.
Oregon needs to respond to new information about variants as most other states have, by adjusting the current priority to begin vaccinations for 65+ immediately.
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.”
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 area was late in adding seniors 65 and older to its eligibility list along with 50-year-olds in multigenerational households but is now on par with the rest of the state.