With vaccine mandates in the offing, opponents turn to the claim that vaccination interferes with religious beliefs.
The northeastern Oregon county is protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in recognition of public outcry, saying mandates will worsen staffing shortages.
Since PeaceHealth announced its own deadlines, unions representing a swath of workers have leveled at least seven labor complaints.
Local legislators say Gov. Kate Brown's mandates go too far, health workers and public employees to choose between a personal medical decision and their jobs.
With the policy, Portland will become the latest major city requiring public workers to be vaccinated.
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About 70% of Oregon’s 41,000 state workers are already vaccinated, and unions said their members should have a say in the policy.