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.
An Oregon Health Authority senior health advisor said the agency expects to receive two initial shipments by Dec. 22.
The emerging information about COVID-19 and a political environment that has sown misinformation and rendered science partisan have added to the difficulting of testing for the disease.
The “haves” continue to champion simplistic answers to complex problems that only continue to widen the chasm and leave the “have-nots” behind with hard truths and limited hope.