The university can only enroll several hundred people in a clinical trial, given its timeframe, so it is picking volunteers who are at high risk of severe symptoms and infection.
People who are obese face a high risk of complications from COVID-19 but experts hope that they'll be protected along with people who have diabetes or high blood pressure, for example.
It’s not immediately clear when the first vaccinations will begin, although a spokesperson for the Oregon Health Authority suggested it may be Wednesday.
Nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians are staring down a startling resurgence of the coronavirus that’s expected to test even one of the best-prepared hospitals on the pandemic’s front lines.
The Vancouver hospital doesn’t know yet how many doses of the vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech it will receive.
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Tens of thousands of laid off or underemployed health care workers filed for unemployment compensation in Oregon this year, even as demand for specialized staff and other workers went up.
More than 570 blood samples collected by the American Red Cross in Oregon between Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.
A vaccine rollout will start slowly, with long-term care residents and frontline medical staff at the head of the line.