Distrust in government initiatives runs so deep that even some primary care providers may be advising eligible patients against getting the shots.
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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Forecasters predict that the surge caused by the delta variant will rapidly worsen and that hospitals in the state will run out of ICU and other beds.
The mandate starts on Monday. It will not affect the UO’s Prefontaine Classic currently taking place at Hayward Field.
Oregon acts in face of COVID-19 surge that is swamping hospitals, but it is unclear how school districts, health care providers will enforce the requirement.
The rollout would begin the week of Sept. 20 for U.S. residents 18 and older who received their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines at least eight months previously.