In Portland and Salem over the weekend, hospital providers held COVID-19 vaccination clinics for thousands of home health care workers and others not affilitated with hospital systems who risk becoming infected.
Government figures show the proportion of children who arrived in emergency departments with mental health issues increased 24% from mid-March through mid-October, compared with the same period in 2019.
Legacy and OHSU throw out dozens of coronavirus doses but Patrick Allen, director of the health authority, said his agency knew of no wasted vaccines.
Oregon Health Authority officials said at a news briefing Tuesday that hospitals should not be vaccinating all employees but instead should be focused on staff who could become infected.
There is disagreement whether new requirements for hospitals to post price information will curtail prices and create better-informed consumers.
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Oregon’s vaccine rollout has been slow and inconsistent, with hospitals setting different policies on who to inoculate in the first round.