The seemingly sudden ease of scheduling clinic appointments comes as Oregon, like the rest of the nation, sees a sharp drop in doses given.
Some lawmakers are pushing for an immediate amendment to a bill before the Legislature that now calls for a limit on the amount paid to outside lawyers hired by state government.
“I think morale is very low,” said recent retiree Roberta O’Dell. “I’ve seen a lot of changes at that hospital, and these are not good.”
Cases of the highly-infectious British variant are increasing but patients sickened by variants that first emerged in California outnumber all others.
As Oregon prepares to open the vaccine floodgates to everyone 16 and older April 19, health officials face a proportion of rural residents who don't want a jab.
The announcement ended suspense over a project first announced six months ago; Oregon is one of four states along or west of the Continental Divide that hasn’t adopted the technology.
The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported 481 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, as state officials released a tally of vaccine doses that have been discarded since inoculations began in December.
Under Senate Bill 719, “when questions are asked, unless there’s a reason not to, then information will be released,” says Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland.
Appointments through Oregon Health & Science University for Portland International Airport's drive-through clinic were all taken within 30 minutes.