The payments are intended to make up for the free or reduced-cost meals that more than children missed out on during the past year.
Those workers could have received up to $2,000 in stimulus money if they worked through the pandemic, or $1,200 if they returned to work after collecting unemployment during the pandemic.
Critics say the administration has failed to address long-term problems and listen to what staff have to say.
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.