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.
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.