On key measures — prevention of serious illness, hospitalization and death — studies generally show COVID-19 vaccine protection weakening slightly, but remaining strong overall.
The lower-dose vaccine has received emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
So far, the agency has approved exemptions for nearly 16% of its workforce, which corrections officials said were largely for religions reasons.
Employees represented by SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME Council 75 who have received at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 18 must now complete their immunization by Nov. 30.
Groups eligible for a Pfizer booster shot include seniors, people living in long-term care facilities, those with certain underlying medical conditions, and people working in higher risk occupations.
COVID-19 vaccination rates for 12- to 17-year-olds in Oregon vary by county, with 59.6% vaccinated statewide.
The city attorney’s office advised city staff on Tuesday that the order was legally dubious.
With vaccine mandates in the offing, opponents turn to the claim that vaccination interferes with religious beliefs.