The announcement follows decisions by some hospital systems to require employee vaccinations against COVID-19 despite an Oregon law banning the practice.
The institution will give employees the opportunity to opt out, provided they go through an education session and abide by certain rules.
The announcement comes a day after Kaiser Permanente said that it would require all employees to be fully inoculated.
The Portland metro area is not included — but counties across much of the state can start vaccinating “Group 7” right away.
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State and county officials, with the help of FEMA and emergency services, have launched mobile clinics to ensure that homebound and group home residents get a jab.
The federal government sent roughly 12,000 vaccine doses to more than 120 Costco, Health Mart, Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies in 27 of Oregon’s 36 counties last week as part of the initial phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Now, during a once-in-a-century pandemic, President Joe Biden has promised to provide 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.
The group of 27 members representing a large number of minority groups has until next month to advise the state on who should be next in line to be offered a vaccine.
SALEM – In a dramatic turn of events, Senate Democrats agreed Monday to kill a mandatory school vaccination bill that would have given Oregon some of the country's strictest child vaccination laws.